June 5th, 2019
Ready to Burst Forth
Job 32:19 (KJB) Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles.
Elihu could not contain himself. He was ready to burst forth in giving his “humble” opinion. He likened himself to a bottle of wine in ancient times which when fermented could pop open and burst its contents forth.
Perhaps you can relate to a time or two you were impatiently waiting to give your opinion to another “in need” of your perspective. Often, a heightened sense of pride and an esteemed value of our own words causes a person to burst forth with their own opinion. Like Elihu, Job’s friend, such a person is often filled to overflowing with his own tilted perspective, rather than giving godly spiritual valuable advice.
In those moments when you find yourself fizzling up with what seems spiritually sound and valuable advice, think of Elihu for a moment. Ask yourself, does what I have to say match a godly perspective, is it valuable, and does it encourage and enlighten? Or is it filled with pride and prejudice of this world?
A simple standard to follow in offering our own advice is; it necessary, is our opinion desired, and finally, does it follow God’s direction for our words as is found in Ephesians 4:29-32 and other like scripture?
Practicing godliness with our heart and our mouth will help us contain our thoughts, especially in those times we are ready to burst forth in perhaps an unwarranted fashion, like Elihu and Job’s other opinionated friends.