Jettisoning Subreption

“He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.” (Proverbs 20:19)

Do you need to talk?

No, seriously. I’m not telling you, I’m asking you. If there’s something you need to say, say it. Be mindful, though, of the facts. Should you want to enfold me in something best left to God and His, I would have to pass. There are manifold reasons why we spill the things we do to those we do. People, shoulders, kindred spirits we think can bear our story and all its attendant details. Let me just say here that life and its drama can get so ultimately complex that there is bound to slip through, some detail that will cause–like an ember to brush–the whole thing to go up in flames. Jesus is the only person who can take all the details and not break. Oh don’t worry. God has a plan of action and mercy and fire-retardant should the thing conflagrate. But it didn’t need to happen now did it?

“The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.” (Proverbs 17:24)

plethora, as you most likely know means “lots”. Adjectivized, however, it takes on a negative, if elitist, connotation. Plethoric means you’ve gone too far. I find that if I don’t continue to raise to Jesus the details that are stacked like straw upon my back, I get tempted with something akin to a clinical logorrhea. I talk to much. And, well, “loose lips sink ships” as the saying goes. Jesus encourages us to come to Him with our burdens. Those complex and full-cast dramas of which we play a lowly part. Sure we want to shine. But we don’t want to get burned.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

Think about the term subreption. In spite of “talking too much”, subreption is where you leave out a crucial detail. With reference to God, as Christians, it behooves us to take the mundane minutiae to Him to see what He thinks. If you want to keep the peace where you’re at, God will need to tally it all up to ensure each part is bathed in prayer and forgiveness and, in turn, His peace. Because nothing can happen on the front you find yourself unless it’s infused with His peace. Subreption also refers to wrong conclusions drawn from the withholding of information. This is what causes the complexity and the burden you may well feel. Was there something missing in your laundry list of prayer you brought to God? Might wanna check it again and make sure He’s got all the facts. God bless you.

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

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