Missed Communication

He didn’t reply to my message straight away.

2 Samuel 10:1-19

Reference: “the Ammonite commanders said to Hanun their lord, “Do you think David is honoring your father by sending envoys to you to express sympathy? Hasn’t David sent them to you only to explore the city and spy it out and overthrow it?”” ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭10:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: In our day of communication via technology, messages are often misconstrued.

Sometimes these messages can be easily rectified, like when I asked my husband to put on the rice but my voice-to-text told him to put out the mice. As we didn’t have any mice, he was quick to determine something wasn’t quite right!

But there are other times when messages are sent and the emotion behind the message changes depending on who is reading it. Like when my husband is very busy at work and doesn’t reply to my message straight away.

When he does it’s just a quick one word text.

By the time we see each other that night I’ve already built up in my head that he’s mad at me and not wanting to talk, when really he’s just had a busy day.

I love all the different ways we can communicate these days, but we need to be aware that our messages can be taken to mean something different than we initially intended.

Application: No one knew that more than David. In 2 Samuel 10 he sent a bereavement gift to someone and it ended in an all out battle.

I must admit there are times when I feel it would be better not to say anything at all, but stopping all communication rarely helps.  We can’t always control how people receive our messages, all we can do is keep our integrity and grace with all the communication we have.

Whether it’s sending a text to a loved one or speaking face-to-face with a colleague, let’s be mindful to build others up with our messages and to show God’s respect and love for others in all we say.

Prayer: Lord, You have Your own ways of communicating with us. May we be honest with our messages back to You and always be open to hearing what You truly want to say to us. Amen.

What message do you want to give today?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.