Know to whom you Speak: There was the story of a young man going into the small town pharmacy wanting to purchase an unusual gift. He told the Pharmacist that he wanted three boxes of candy; a one pound, a 3 pound, and a 5 pound. The Pharmacist, clearly puzzled, inquired of the young man’s choice.
The young man gladly, and a bit on the proud side… explained that he was going to Sunday Diner at his girlfriend’s house, and further… if he was invited to the front porch after dinner, then he’d present her with the one pound box of candy.
If he was able to hold her hand, he would present her with the 3 pound box; and if he were allowed a kiss, then he’d present the 5 pound box of candy. The Pharmacist, clearly impressed, congratulated him on his forethoughtfulness.
On the appointed day, he went to the house, and when asked to “say grace” by the girl’s Father; he proceeded to pray for everyone he could think of… every world calamity and current event… even…everything under the sun.
As soon as they went to the front porch, the girl confronted him – saying that she had no idea that he was so spiritual minded. He answered that he also “was totally unaware that her Father was the local Pharmacist.”
The moral: Always know to whom you are speaking, and do not speak with forked tongue.
We, then, best be attentive…as when we speak to God, that we don’t speak with “forked tongue,” as Jesus said to His Father, “This is life eternal, that they [believers] might know thee [God] the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3). It is God’s plan for us to know Him intimately; therefore, we must learn to hear His voice.