What did you think when you realized someone was eavesdropping on your conversation? Say, like, one of you just said something about someone but didn’t want that certain person to hear what was being said. Then you walked around the corner to see certain said person was listening to the conversation. Or, how about your phone butt dialed a contact and your slam-bam-dis-the-man (or woman) conversation was overheard? Maybe your words echoed down the hall or filtered into the next room? How about the mic was still on? (That one makes international headlines once in awhile.) The list goes on and on.
The origin of the word “eavesdrop” dates back hundreds of years, but the actual activity of eavesdropping is eternal. God has been listening to conversations and “words with each other” since man was created. I was going to say since the creation of time but it was a couple days later than that.Anyway, the God of the universe has been monitoring conversations for a long, long time and will continue to do so.
<WARNING: THINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS AS THEY SEEM. READ TO THE END.>
We hear of His divine monitoring sporadically when it’s spoken of in a message that usually goes in one ear and out the other. Some experience a moment of shame when they feel convicted and realize that yelling at the kids on the way to church isn’t quite exemplary. Nor is the constant bickering, fighting and name calling throughout the week with another person. Or, the curse word(s) that spew out after we are cut off in traffic or after opening the phone bill to see an unexpected overage charge. You get the point.
“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” Matthew 12:36-37
Look through the chapter. Jesus was warning his followers about the good and bad consequences of their words because of the rabid negativity about him constantly dripping from the mouths of the Pharisees.
When this passage is read, we clearly hear “every idle word,” “they shall give account,” “day of judgment,” and “THOU SHALT BE CONDEMNED.” (Emphasis added in caps is mine.) It’s interesting how, with the fall of mankind and the tainting of sin, we immediately receive through personal negative filters as well.
Idle words in God’s book are words spoken that produce negative circumstances contributory towards different types of death (not of God). Christians may experience a sense of personal shame because we know our words do not line up with God’s expectations of speaking life with encouraging, faith-filled statements. After hearing a message like this, we sometimes make a resolution to work at controlling what rolls out of our mouths. The resolution lasts until the next time we forget and mumble, yell, curse, or call the moron driving carelessly in front of us on the freeway a [Insert Personal Expletive].
<SHAME IS NOT OF GOD. SAVING THAT ONE FOR LATER.>
Okay. It’s time to turn the direction of this subject matter before I accidentally cause someone to think we will fry because of our words. God is not in the habit of sending down lightning bolts upon us because of bad words and statements. Besides, who of us would be moving into those mansions if our eternity was based on our thought life? We all make mistakes and God will forgive us if we ask Him, and then we move forward.
GOOD FRUIT/GOOD TREASURE. Take a look at this from a different perspective. Read the scripture again and find, “for by thy words thou shalt be justified.” Now start at vs. 35 and read the whole passage. Your words can be compared to good fruit and good treasure. Next, grasp a few pages on the left of your Bible and flip to Malachi. (Notice I didn’t mention to poke a few icons. Reading a good old-fashioned book can be very therapeutic.)
“Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.” Malachi 3:16-17 KJV
Truth: GOD IS LISTENING TO OUR CONVERSATIONS AND OUR THOUGHTS. HE IS LISTENING TO THE THINGS WE THINK AND SAY ABOUT HIM TO PUT THEM IN A BOOK. AND HE CALLS YOU “MINE.”
DIVINE EAVESDROPPING. It’s as if when you think or talk about God your words are like a zinger straight to Him, and in a divine instant He’s in on the moment. And the way we speak about Him is important. The original meaning of the word “spake” in this context gives room for many ways to speak of Him. However, the definition is clear about speaking “rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue.” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance) That means rarely speaking in order to control in a destructive sense.
AND HE MAKES YOU HIS JEWELS!!! You, my friend, are His special treasure. Every time you have thought or talked about Him, it’s noted. Every blog on this site mentioning God and His kingdom principles, speaking life, every time you have written about Him, He’s read it. Actually, He was listening to your thoughts as you were forming the words in your brain to record them via laptop, voice app, pen and paper.
You’ve done good things by blogging and are bearing good fruit. You are written about in a Holy Book of Remembrance, scribed by Holy Beings. YOU are labeled a Divine Treasure. AND, did you catch this . . . . HE’S LOOKING FOR REASONS TO SPARE YOU. HE WANTS TO PROTECT YOU IN THE TIME OF JUDGMENT. (see Malachi 4)
So, what do you think about the God of the universe reading your mind and listening to your words? Give Him some good stuff to ponder and record.
“A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.” Matthew 12:35
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