“I’ve got nothing to say”. This is a phrase that I rarely utter, but it does happen from time to time. It usually happens when I am in the midst of studying for a sermon. It is not because I have nothing at all to say, but rather because I am feeling the weight of the responsibility of preaching God’s Word. So the truth is that I have too much to say. My real struggle is that while I am wrestling with what to say, I desperately want the people who will be in worship to hear the message I am convinced needs to be shared.
I realize after several years as a pastor, that the less I say and the more I allow God through His Word and by the Holy Spirit to speak, the better the sermon goes.
I guess I should “have nothing to say” a lot more. For someone who is a talker and enjoys teaching, preaching and speaking this is a very real struggle.
Maybe I need to adjust my thinking on all of this a bit. Instead of having nothing to say, it should be that my words decrease so that His words will increase.
This week, and today in particular, the struggle was very real. I prayed that I would have some things to say. I prayed that most of the words would be His words and that there would be no mistaking that they were His words.
So here’s hoping that I will continue with this struggle. Here’s hoping that all of us will recognize the need for less of our words and more of His.