Learning When To Shut Up

Annotation 2019-12-27 083806


“…because he did not know what to say…”

– Mark 9:6

The Proverbs tell us, “Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; when he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.” A wise person speaks carefully and in-turn, not hastily. They stand and consider rather than offering opinions as fact when nobody even asked them their thoughts. We see a lot of that today with “keyboard courage.”

When Jesus revealed His glory on earth in-front of Peter, James, and John, it was a privilege and honor to see. On the mountain top, Peter was caught up in the moment and was emotional. In fact, the Bible tells us that he was afraid. As is often the case in Peter’s life, he allowed his passion to rule his actions which resulted in him speaking when he should have kept quiet.

When Jesus was silent before His accusers, Pilate marveled. Nobody ever just stood there without a defense. Throughout the Lord’s ministry, we see the Lord carefully dismantle the arguments of everyone who had opposed Him, shutting their arguments down brilliantly. He could have done the same thing here. I believe if Jesus had spoken up, He would have won through His defense and been released. He would not have fulfilled God’s plan of redemption.

Sometimes we think we are helpful when we attempt to get involved. However, we may be hindering something God may be working out in His timing and in His way. We should be quiet at times and not meddle in areas that are none of our concern. We should always set our thoughts to prayer first and ask the Lord for guidance.

“He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a dog by the ears.”

– Proverbs 26:17

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