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February 13 – Don’t be afraid to speak when you know

“Men listened to me and waited, and kept silence for my counsel. After my words they did not speak again, and my speech settled on them as dew. They waited for me as for the rain, and they opened their mouth wide as for the spring rain.” – Job 29:21-23 

Scripture reading: Jeremiah 1:4-10

Ministers often defer to others even if they might be able to do a better job. That is often vain humility. Deferring to others when you are able to do better is not always honouring Christ. When you are teaching others, you may yield to your idea to give them an opportunity, but that is a learning proposition.

Job knew people waited to listen to him speak. They treasured his advice. They were delighted by his advice. They loved his advice like a farmer loves rain in its season. He spoke! He gave great advice.

Job was a wise man because he learned from God. It is true we don’t know much about Job and his theological training or his church attendance, but he knew God in an experiential way. He knew God’s law! James confirmed Job was a man of patience. Ezekiel described Job as a truly righteous man. A man does not become righteous by saying he believes in Jesus. He becomes righteous by spending time learning about God and what God expects him to do, and then doing it. He knew that his justification in the coming Saviour was only the beginning of his life.

Therefore you must desire to learn so you can be of use to the kingdom. Are you a mother? Learn God’s calling on your life so you can help others. Are you an older brother? Teach by words and examples how your siblings ought to behave. Are you a scientist? Speak against the evolutionary myth.

Suggestions for prayer

Pray you will grow in the knowledge of the Word so you can be a blessing to the young in Christ.

Pastor Mitchell Persaud is a missionary at New Horizon URCNA, in Scarborough, ON, Canada, where he has ministered for over 20 years. Feel free to Google his name for more information about New Horizon. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at

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