(#011 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Stay away from a foolish man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips. (Proverbs 14:7)
Why do you pretend I have directed you to waste your words, My child? If your waxing wise was truly for My glory and based on My words, you would succeed in your purpose. Your words would not return void. How do I know this? Mine never do (Isaiah 55:11)!
Have I not told you that the mocker hates correction so they avoid the wise (Proverbs15:12)? Why, then, do you insist on casting your pearls before swine (Matthew 7:6)? I dare say that if it was truly My Kingdom you were trying to advance, you would not lose your joy or composure in the midst of your endeavor to be convincing.
I have watched repeatedly, as My children claim My Spirit is at work, when it is not actually I who Am prompting them. By way of their own desires, they engage in heated debates over spiritual matters with those who cannot see. Under these conditions, their words will always return empty. For any such ministry to be fruitful, I must first remove the veil that remains over the eyes of those who do not believe (2 Corinthians 3:14). If I have not, you will be “performing” before the blind and “preaching” before the deaf. I am nowhere near this type of outreach, other than to take note of your errors. Would I tell you to stay away from foolish men, and then have you pursue foolish men? When you do, it amounts to nothing more than entertainment for them and vainglory for you. Are you engaging in such folly?
I know My child; it is painful to reconcile your emotions as you contemplate how many passionate debates you may have had in futility. Nevertheless, it is better to know now, rather than waste more words, is it not? Rejoice in this alone, as humility is the only trait that will allow you to hear what I Am saying. I give grace to the humble heart and oppose the proud (James 4:6 and 1 Peter 5:5 from Psalm 138:6 and Proverbs 3:34).
If you receive this in humility, I will bless you. Besides, it is none other than the plan of the wicked one to convince you that arguing with his minions over spiritual matters is going to bear fruit. Ask Me who I have drawn unto Myself (John 12:32) and I will tell you. It is to those whom you should testify. Otherwise, your words will just return void!