There are so many opinions and so many voices speaking loud, actually shouting for our attention. Sometimes it is so hard to hear myself think. I am a fixer. I want to know. I want to be right. I want to have an answer. My experience lately is that no matter what I think, most people are not even listening. Everyone actually wants to fix, to know, to be right, to have the answer. We can all get caught up in the many voices that are speaking loudly, shouting for our attention. Even our own voice might be shouting at us. Yet, even our own voice might not be the one that anyone needs to listen to. I have been thinking a lot lately that I need to be quiet. There is another voice that I should listen to-another voice that needs to be heard. Another voice that everyone needs to hear. The voice of God is a fixer, knows everything, is right and has the answers we are all looking for.
There are so many battles going on. All at once right now. Ultimately it is a spiritual one but I am seeing it in my relationships, my finances, my ministry, my mind, my emotions and my body. When the battle is raging, the tendency is to do, to move, to answer back, to fight back… but God whispers to me through his words in Exodus 14:14, “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” Be silent. Don’t move. Be Still. Let me fight. I am stronger. I am wiser. I am in control. This is what God is speaking. Are you hearing? Are you listening?
He is listening to me. He has the message I need to hear and see. Things are not always as they appear.
I don’t know about you, but I know for me that God has been confirming in my spirit that this is a time to keep quiet. I keep going back to the picture of Jesus before his accusers. They called him names, they asked questions, they mocked him and he stayed silent. He knew his truth. He knew the truth. There was nothing left for him to say. He knew the future and what was going to happen. He knew that although the road was hard and that he was misunderstood in the moment, that God was about to do something that was still going to be misunderstood. Even if he had told them, they wouldn’t have listened. God’s plan was moving forward in spite of ignorance and hardened hearts. Words said at the wrong time, in the wrong way, for the wrong reason- only cause trouble. Too many words can and usually does lead to more trouble. It only leads to sin. There is wisdom in silence. When we stand in God and his truth, unless God tells us to- there is no need for a defence. He doesn’t need defending and he will defend us. He will prove what is right. Scripture tells us, “When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent” Proverbs 10:19
My most important words are the ones that I speak from my lips to God’s ears. He is listening to me. He has the message I need to hear and see. Things are not always as they appear.
Psalm 37:7 reminds me to, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices.” I am not being still as a place of weakness. I am being still before the Lord so that He can do what he needs to do and say what he needs to say without any interruption from me.
Being quiet is an investment in my future. Proverbs 13:3 says, “whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.” Speaking too much even if you have something to say, even if you are right, can take too much energy. Sometimes silence speaks louder than words. It speaks to the Lord that you are searching your heart and wanting to please him. It speaks to others that when you actually speak you have something important to say. I think it gives a message that you don’t know it all and carries the impression that you are seeking to know truth. I believe God has a lot to say right now. I choose to be quiet enough to listen so that I can hear the truth I am so desperately seeking. Will you join me?