Hosea 14:2 is in the context of repentance. I want to capture the first four words which say, “Take words with you…” Now I am turning to the context of ministering to someone who is overwhelmed.
I have been an online mentor for a while. I recently had someone write, “I don’t want to live anymore,” and that was all. I didn’t know anything other than that. I had to totally rely on the Holy Spirit to lead me. He did! We had many email conversations. Though I could not directly speak about the Lord because of the country they are in, He helped me weave the principles in His word into my counsel. His Presence was very evident.
I love Job’s words. Job was reproaching his ‘friends’ who he called his miserable comforters. Job 16:5 says, “But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the comfort of my lips would relieve your grief.” His words are timeless that we can take to heart.
Ephesians 4:29 is a great parameter. It says, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.”
Paul was in dire straits. He pleaded with the Lord three times to take away the thorn in his flesh. The Lord spoke grace-words. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “…My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Paul received such a revelation from those words that it turned his perspective around.
When we are speaking to one who is overwhelmed we desperately need the Holy Spirit to put His words in our mouth. We do not know their heart-thoughts, but He does.
2 Corinthians 1:4 gives us clear direction. It says, “Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
We may not understand the complexities of the one who is overwhelmed. We don’t need to. We need to listen with our heart, and tap into how the Lord comforted and sustained us when we were overwhelmed. We direct our heart to empathize. We identify with their pain as though it were our own. Maybe that is what Paul meant in Galatians 6:2 to bear one another’s burdens.
Taking heart-words requires us to totally yield to the Holy Spirit’s leading. We must incline our ears to hear every whispered word. It may be that we just need to be present, like Job’s friends who sat still with him for seven days and seven nights. We serve the God of All Comfort. We have the Comforter dwelling in us, therefore He will use us as the need requires.