I blew it again! In my defense, it had been a tough day. My car broke down, my wife wasn’t happy, and I was running late for church where I had to teach that night.
So, we dropped into a Whataburger for a quick bite on the way. The young man taking orders, must have just started his employment there 10 minutes before we arrived.
My wife had to repeat and explain our order 4 times. “Two hamburgers: one with mustard the other mayonnaise.” When they were delivered – both had mayo. She took back the mistake and he fell apart thinking that she was trying to covertly infect the place with Covid.
That’s when I lost it. I went to the counter and with a stern voice and a scowl, I said, “We want two hamburgers: one with mustard the other mayonnaise.”
Back at the table, my wife had more ice in her attitude than I had in my cup. They corrected the problem; we ate and then drove to church in silence.
And that’s when things really got bad. The lesson touched on the wilderness episode when the grumblers cried for more water. God told Moses to speak to a rock and it would issue forth in water. (Numbers 20:8)
Moses, however, had a bad day too. Maybe his donkey broke down. The Scripture says, “Then Moses and Aaron gathered the community together in front of the rock, and he said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring water out of this rock for you?” Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with his staff.” – Num 20:10-11 He struck the rock in anger rather than speaking to it as instructed.
Moses was hot!
God provided anyway, but He had some choice words for Moses. He said, “Because you did not trust me enough to show me as holy before the Israelites, therefore you will not bring this community into the land I have given them.” – Numbers 20:12
The Lord was hotter – but with Moses.
As I read those words to the class, the Holy Spirit rudely interrupted me and seemed to say, “Hey dummy, how can you teach this this stuff when you did the very same thing?”
I began to stumble on my aimless words until I blurted out, “Folks, I am sad to say that I just did this very same thing.” I was angry and my words and attitude misrepresented the God I profess to serve.
And everyone got up and walked out! (Actually, they were quite understanding.)
So, have you ever had the Spirit of God sit on you for something you have said or done? Scripture says His job is to “convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.” – John 16:8 NASB
His is that still small voice that energizes our conscience – an umpire that helps us see straight when our minds have twisted the path.
At times He speaks directly to our conscience as he did that night with me. Sometimes He uses the written or taught Word of God again as He did with me. You may hear Him in the voice of another person or see his displeasure in the face of your wife while you eat a Whataburger. (with mustard)
It’s an uncomfortable feeling – something you want to escape or cover up – quickly. Some of us turn it off, like a smoke alarm that’s chirping. To turn off that voice, however, is to grow to be calloused and insensitive to God and others.
There is only one sane way to respond to that voice!
After church I returned to the restaurant and found the young man still at his post. I said, “I was here earlier and was impatient with you and I am sorry.” He said, “That’s OK.” I said, “It’s not. Please tell the folks in kitchen that the old man with white hair came in and said he was sorry.”
He was excited and he said, “Yes sir, what’s your name?” I said, “Trevor Bergman.” (the name of my son-in-law) – – – Just kidding. I gave him my name.
And I was able to fall asleep that night at peace with God and man, knowing that God was still speaking to me – and that I had taken responsibility for my sin.
A PRAYER: Help me better tune into the frequency at which you speak.
Scripture references from NET Bible® unless otherwise noted.