‘No man ever puts a stumbling block in the way of others by telling the truth; to tell the truth is more honouring to God than to tell a lie. If God has done something for you, you will know it unmistakably, but if He has not, never say He has for the sake of other people’ – Oswald Chambers
When I think of this quote, I remember the verse in the Bible where God instructed that no altar of stone be built with hewn stones (Exodus 20:25). I don’t know if there’s an official theological reason for why God said that, but when I read it, I felt in my spirit that God did not want the people to offer sacrifices to Him on an altar that had been adjusted according to human specifications.
Sharing our testimonies of God’s goodness is like building an altar unto Him, and if we, with our tools of human wisdom, exaggeration and eloquence, adjust the workings of God’s hands in our lives to elevate His ability in the eyes of others, such an altar will never serve His purpose.
I have tried to help God many times. In those times, in my testimonies of the things He has done, I foolishly padded and removed and added for the benefit of those who listened. I probably thought nothing of it at the time, but it only indicated my lack of understanding of the God I serve, and how He is enough in Himself. Now, as one who publicly shares, I make a conscious effort to truthfully honour the Lord with my words.
It seems subtle . . . but is it?