Sit Beside the Source

         I remember playing the telephone game as a kid. My friends and I would sit around the room and the first person would whisper a message into the ear of the person next to her. Then that person would whisper the message to the next person, and so on. The rules were that you could say the message only once and you had to pass along exactly what you thought you heard. The last person to receive the message would report it out loud. Inevitably, the final message would be vastly different from the original one. Sometimes the last message was so distorted that it was completely nonsensical and often even unintelligible.

         We’d all have a good laugh at how far from the original the final message became. Then we’d try to figure out where the message got screwed up. The people near the end the chain would swear they heard what they heard, while the people near the source of the message insisted they communicated the right thing clearly. All in fun, we’d point out the blame, and then we’d play our next round, determined to get it right this time. We never did.

          I think it’s possible for this to happen to us when it comes to the Word of God. When we are not praying and reading the Bible for ourselves, we rely on others to communicate God’s message to us. How do we know they heard it right? There’s only one way to know: sit beside the Source. I’m not saying don’t go to church, or listen to Christian speakers, or read Christian books. What I am saying is that we should be like the Bereans who God calls “of noble character” because “they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true” Acts 17:11 (NIV).

          What is God whispering directly into your ear today?


©2009 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at Also, periodically check in at to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.


~ by sanewriter on August 15, 2011.

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