“Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.” -Luke 21:14-15
Although this passage is speaking of the last days and how we should react to persecution, the message holds true in our daily lives. For example, there are a lot of times when I am afraid to start a conversation with someone about Jesus because I’m afraid I won’t have the right answers. People today are so skeptical of religion and if you broach the subject, most people are quick to pepper you with incredibly difficult theological questions on all the hot button topics: the death penalty, homosexuality, divorce, hardships, illnesses, the scientific proof behind God’s existence, evolution, etc…
Just writing those out intimidates me, because I am still so young in my knowledge and study of the Bible. And so, too often, I remain silent. I avoid the topics. Gloss over the questions. But then the Lord pointed out a critical flaw in my thinking: I was relying on myself to have the answers, not on the One who is all knowing and the source of all wisdom.
I guess this is one of the things law school has been good for: not to memorize all the laws, but to know where to look and who to ask when you’re seeking answers. I will never know everything. But I do know someone who literally wrote the answers and He is only a prayer away. His Holy Spirit lives in me and guides me in the way I should go.
So, in the moments when I’m speaking to someone about Christ and I don’t have the words, I pray for His wisdom and His words. If He wants me to speak to that person, then He fills my mind and my mouth with His words. And those words are always so much better than anything I could ever plan in advance, even with the help of the best resources on this earth.