SILENCE IS GOLDEN
One morning on the radio I heard a Christian comedian talk about a humorous “proverb” that goes like this: “A closed mouth collects no feet.” This is something I think we can all relate to, because who hasn’t put their foot in their mouth at some point? Biblical Proverbs have much to say about sticking the foot in, such as this: “Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; when he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.” (Proverbs 17:28) I know I would rather appear wise than foolish, and I bet you would too.
The idea of holding one’s peace led me to think about being silent, and how silence can indeed be golden, hence the title of today’s blog. When we are quiet, we have a greater chance of “perceiving and receiving” the instruction of God. Hence we recall God’s command: “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10).
Learning to be still to hear God will train us to learn to truly listen to those who are trying to communicate with us. Since God gave us twice the number of eyes and ears as mouths, I reckon we should do at least twice as much observing and listening as talking; and that should give our brain time to engage and help us keep our feet on the ground and out of our mouth. I’m going to start practicing that right away 🙂