I saw a sign today that I really liked. It made me think. It said, “The words “Silent” and “Listen” are made up of the same letters.” And, they are! Who knew! We often use those words interchangeably. We might tell a room of children to “Be Silent,” but what we really mean is “Listen to me!” In Ecclesiastes 3:7, Solomon said that there “is a time to be silent, and a time to speak.” “Whoever guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.” (Proverbs 21:23) Listening can certainly keep us out of trouble. Proverbs 17:28 goes on to say that “Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent.” Of course, I grew up hearing it backwards, “It better to keep your mouth shut and have others think you’re a fool, than to open your mouth and prove it!” That’s the way I learned it! LOL!
We must learn to “be silent in the LORD’s presence and wait patiently for Him. Don’t be angry because of the one whose way prospers or the one who implements evil schemes.” (Psalm 37:7) I don’t know about you, but I’m not a “patient waiter.” But we are to “wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” (Psalm 27:14) That doesn’t mean that we should stand aside silently when sin is blatantly put before us for “if a person is caught in some transgression, you, who are spiritual should correct that one in a gentle spirit, looking to yourself, so that you also may not be tempted.” (Galatians 6:1) We have a responsibility to speak up for “he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” (James 5:20)
Now, if you know me personally – you know that I like to talk. But – God did give us only one mouth with which to talk, AND He gave us two ears for hearing. One might conclude that this means that we should listen TWICE as much as we talk! But God went a little further – He made those ears to always stay open and He made that mouth to shut! Silence is golden, so they say. Are you listening? Simply blessed, Courtney