Proverbs 17:28 “Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.”
Sometimes silence can be the best answer.
The Bible says that even a fool can be thought wise by keeping their mouth shut. With the rise of social media, we are prone to blurt out whatever we think or feel without thought or care to who it may hurt or the damage it may cause.
To remain silent is to listen more than we talk.
James 1:19-20 “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”
My parents used to say, “God gave you two ears and one mouth. Use them accordingly.”
These are wise words when heeded.
I also know there is more fool in me than I am willing to admit. Foolish decisions, foolish speaking, and irrational thinking is something I am prone to if I am not careful. What do other people think that I am?
Am I more fool than wise?
Am I more careless than cautious?
I know I ought not to think of myself more than I should, or pride will enter.
Romans 12:3 “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”
I am to think soberly, according to the faith that is in me. I am a child of the King. I have been given a royal heritage. If some were to see me, they would possibly think me a fool. But I would hate to think that in speaking, I would remove all doubt.
“Silence is golden,” our teachers used to say. Maybe because they taught in an environment that was noisy all the time and valued quiet whenever and wherever they could get it.
Take some time to be quiet today.
Allow the presence of God to wash over you.
Then, in the silence, call out to Him and worship Him at that moment.
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”