What does it mean to be a critic? Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines it as this: ‘one who expresses a reasoned opinion on any matter especially involving a judgment of its value, truth, righteousness, beauty, or technique.’ So in short it means someone who expresses their opinion about something. And what is an opinion? An opinion is a view, a judgement, or a belief. Hmmm. This prods me to think about myself. Am I a critic? It seems so. I give my opinions on lots of things, movies, books, decor’, art, music, sermons, etc. I, by nature, enjoy discussing and even debating. I love to talk and love to listen. Could I be a successful critic? Surely I would meet the standards of a good one, but according to who’s standards? God is showing me that anyone can say something… or come up with something to say, but is that always a good thing? Sure it can be, as long as I am speaking God’s word or speaking His truth in love. But, maybe part of accomplishing that is not speaking in an audible voice at all. Maybe it’s just being quiet and listening for His still small voice. For quite awhile now, I have been measuring everything I hear or read with the Word of God. It’s something that was prodded in me by the Holy Spirit, and I think it is extremely important to do. But, today, I had a revelation about it. Measuring all I hear with the word started off great, producing peace in me and it remained that way for awhile. But somewhere along the way, it turned a bit chaotic. I think it happened because I made it like a project, and I became more like a critic instead of a child willing to learn. This hasn’t happened every time, but definitely some of the time. Doing this has caused me to experience occasional confusion. It is not my responsibility to question everything, and it is not my job to be critical either. The Holy Spirit searches ALL things and teaches me ALL things. I don’t have to do it. I don’t have to wonder or worry or critique anybody or anything. The Spirit will show me all I need to know! 1st Corinthians 2:9-10 says this: “However, as it is written:“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” the things God has prepared for those who love him—these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.” So once again… the only responsibility I have is to abide in Him. It really does always come back to that. I don’t have to figure anything out! He will reveal all things to me!