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Slightly Obsessed #023 "Silence" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2013-02-27 15:29:01
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Even a fool, when he keeps silent,
Is considered wise;
When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.
Proverbs 17:28


It was just an offhand comment, lightheartedly thrown out in the middle of a meeting between friends. But I instantly regretted saying it. It sounded hard and even a bit rude. The person to whom it was directed graciously deflected the blow, but I felt like an utter fool.

I hate it when I do that.

Today’s multimedia takes socializing to a new and manic level. Oddly enough, communication seems to have fallen victim to the party. Being behind a keyboard gives us a sense of safety and emboldens us to just spit out what we’re thinking. Before we have time to self-edit, our words are launched into cyberspace for all to see and hear.

This tendency to split-second responses spills over into real time. Flippancy is the new attitude. We love to get those zingers in and score a “like.” We don’t think about who we may be hurting in the process.

I’ve often wondered why the Book of Revelation describes a moment of silence in heaven before God issues judgment on His wayward planet. I always thought it was a mark of God’s sadness in the injustice that has ruled under man’s stewardship. Or perhaps it was a sign of His reluctance to lower His hand.
But with the mayhem created by Earth’s inhabitants, maybe He’s just tired of the noise.

Silence can be a beautiful sound. That quiet hour before the household awakens to another morning; the peaceful sleep of a tired child; the muffled stillness of a forest glade – these are precious moments. One other that must be lovely to the ears of God is the hallowed space inhabited by the words we refrain from saying: the biting reply, the angry rebuke, the thoughtless comment, the dirty joke.

When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable,
But he who restrains his lips is wise.
Proverbs 10:19


Thankfully, God knows we’re human. We make mistakes and say things we shouldn’t. The pain of those moments should be a constant reminder to keep our words few and gentle and full of grace. Sometimes, as it turns out, silence really is golden.


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