The older I get the more I pray for the wisdom of when to speak and when to be silent.
In an age of social media, mean-spirited politics and instant gratification people feel the need to always let you know how they feel..
To speak their mind…
To give their opinion…
Most of the time the response is a result of our emotions, and not well-thought out or thought out at all.
The Apostle Peter was known for his emotional responses…
Matthew 26:35 (NKJV)
35 Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!”
And so said all the disciples.
Matthew 17:4 (NKJV)
4 Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, [a]let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
Can you think of a time when you opened your mouth and you wish you had held it in? Do you have words that you wish you could have back? Are you living through the consequences of something you said?
Some people wish they had remained silent when they said, “I do”. (Not me:-)
Our Lord and Savior, Yeshua, the Messiah knew when to speak, and when to be silent…
Isaiah 53:7 (NKJV)
7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
Matthew 27:13-14 (NKJV)
13 Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” 14 But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.
Never underestimate the incredible power, authority and mystery of silence, or even a pause before you do speak.
The fact is that if you are trying desperately to hear something, even a whisper is too loud.
At a moment when it’s best to remain silent, even a whisper is still too loud!
Sometimes you don’t owe someone an answer or explanation…sometimes you owe them silence.
Pray for wisdom and exercise restraint…You don’t have to say it, type it, write it, or repeat it.
Even though this song is from the 80’s, and it may not be your genre of choice, but the lyrics do a great job of punctuating my point.