The Bare Soul
May 12, 2013
Proverbs 26:22 - The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts of the body.
Whispering is provocative. There is an element of mystery and exclusiveness when we witness a couple of folks talking in low tones so as not to be heard by the larger group. For some, there is a tendency to want to move closer and eavesdrop in order to pickup on what might be a tidbit of gossip. Human nature is drawn to this type of behavior. In our contemporary societies, there exists a billion dollar industry dedicated to the exchange of the latest gossip and scandal. One has only to look as far as their neighborhood grocery store where the tabloids line the check-out lanes. Like sirens of old, they are poised in their attempt to entice us to listen to the latest "whispering."
As with most human traits, whispering is not a bad thing in and of itself. Whispering can serve a very important function as it protects secrets and creates a decorum of civility rather than open brashness toward others. Solomon tells us how whisperings "are like dainty morsels." What does this mean? The implication of the wise king suggests these are words with sheltered meaning that should not be taken lightly. They are rich with flavor and sustenance to the soul and should be protected by all means. However, as previously suggested, there are many "whisperers" out there that would seek to whisper to our souls and captivate "the innermost parts of the body." In a very real sense, what we eat is what we become. Similarly, what we listen to and take into the deep parts of our soul is what will eventually control our lives.
Secrets are sometimes necessary. They provide alliances between people, groups, and nations that provide stability. In this regard, it is not necessary for any of us to know the detailed affairs of everyone we know. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to become a person of integrity, listening to and keeping whispered secrets in an appropriate manner. Solomon likewise stated in Proverbs 20:19 that "He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, therefore do not associate with a gossip." So, what is the difference between gossip and sharing a secret? Much depends upon intent.
When we listen to a report on someone else, and our listening does not add to the solution, then we have become a liability rather than an asset. It is often human nature to take what another says about an individual and say, "Oh my, isn't that terrible about so and so!" How much different would it be if we stopped someone after sharing with us some "dainty morsel" to instead say, "Let's you and I pray for that person right now!" Instead of allowing our minds to be filled with a benign piece of information, we have then allowed the Holy Spirit to to whisper a prayer through us that becomes a part of His solution.
God will always be the Great Whisperer to our souls. So, it only makes sense to learn from Him. The Holy Spirit continually whispers to our inner man the things of the Son and the Father. If we are intently listening, we will begin to think as He does. In so doing, we will begin to speak as He does, allowing our words to become "caviar to our soul" and the souls of others. We will find that we no longer have to shout out our opinions. Instead we will be lead and guided by the Holy Spirit who will make our speech, as it were, quiet and respectful and seasoned with salt (Colossians 4:6). Our conversations will be characteristic of whispering the things of God, because this is the nature of how God speaks to us.
Beloved, Jesus desires for us all to become soul whisperers. Just as gossip is desirable to the unregenerate, the Lord will empower us with words that are delicacies to the soul to feed a famished world.
Father, grant us words that are delicacies to those who are desperately seeking spiritual sustenance. Grant us wisdom to whisper wisdom to those who are called according to Your great pleasure. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Your Barefoot Servant,
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