Be Still Know
Proverbs 29:20 NLT
‘There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking.’
I have had the habit of speaking before thinking. In any situation where there is a measure of tension I want to speak first and think later. While the intention is good, the consequences can be catastrophic. Simply to massage an awkward moment or for the sake of self-promotion, the most ridiculous of things have come out of my mouth. I am embarrassed at how I have misrepresented myself by the things I have said.
There is much wisdom in God’s invitation that in the midst of crisis we are to ‘Be Still’. Most often immediate and hasty words only escalate a problem, even when we are seeking to calm it down. In the heat of the moment we need calm. The first thought is often the worst thought.
I recognise that I have abused many of the platforms that I have in all good faith been invited to occupy. I have taken scripture and used it as a vehicle to communicate my own prejudices, political opinions and resentments towards others. It’s no wonder God insisted I learn the art of silence and solitude. I recognise I became untrustworthy with God’s commission, and I’m full of remorse for the ways I have breached Christ’s trust in me. Yet I’m equally encouraged by God’s willing forgiveness and acceptance as I’ve repented of such bad behaviours.
It’s not that I am silent and let all things go, but I think carefully about what I’m to say, ensuring it’s not about me but something God would have me communicate. I write it down and read what I’ve said, looking for telltale signs of ‘me’ in my intended communication. Anything that reflects my own disappointment, resentment or frustration is a sure sign it’s about me and not about God.
QUESTION: In the heat of the moment are you likely to say things you don’t mean 30 minutes later?
PRAYER: Lord, give me wisdom to choose the right words when I speak and the wisdom to sometimes not speak at all.