As I read all that Christ endured, for me, I’m brought to tears. I’m nearly brought to shame in the behavior of mankind, mostly because that behavior is still alive today. And I just love Jesus. I think about how much I am not like Him, and I want to be. I really do. But he was so wonderful. He set such a great example for our ordinary lives, by enduring His extreme trials.
Let’s check this out:
12 But when the leading priests and the elders made their accusations against him, Jesus remained silent. 13 “Don’t you hear all these charges they are bringing against you?” Pilate demanded. 14 But Jesus made no response to any of the charges, much to the governor’s surprise.
When I’m right, it takes all that I have not to acknowledge how right I am. When I’m wrong, I still want to explain my perspective. But here we have Jesus, God, refusing to gloat. He’s refusing to state His case, although He has every right to if He wants to.
How divine is that? To know there is no need to prove your innocence or divinity, because you are God. What an example.
He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth.
“Silence is golden.” My professor used to always say that in one of my filmmaking classes. In other words, “you don’t have to talk ALL the time!” I really couldn’t agree more. And not just because I don’t talk a lot, but because sometimes there really aren’t words for the situation.
Sometimes I can’t find the words to comfort. Sometimes a comeback is unnecessary. Sometimes, words just won’t get the job done, but silence will.
I was reading Job 13 yesterday, and verse 5 stood out to me:
If only you could be silent!
That’s the wisest thing you could do.
Job had had enough of the accusations and unhelpful speech. He was at a breaking point where nothing anyone could say was going to help. And it just so happened that nothing anyone was saying was helping anyway.
Silence is wisdom when the timing of it is right. So don’t feel bad if you feel like you can’t find the right words. It just might be that no words are right.
I have had some amazing time with God, and all it took was time with God. Pure, uninterrupted, intimate time with God.
It’s no coincidence that my burden is lighter when we spend time together. It’s not by accident that my thoughts are clearer when I lay it all at his feet. And it’s not happenstance that I feel a little wiser when we’ve spent time together.
The ideas, the understanding, the vibe that I have is completely different after I’ve spent time with God. I can’t explain it. It just is. I am in a space and time where I can just be with Him. I can be honest about my fears. I can be open about my confusion of the path I’m on. And I can express myself and cry out to Him.
It’s wonderful that God listens to me. No matter what. It’s so good to be with Him. It’s so beautiful to hear Him, to be lead by Him, and to welcome His presence and invite the change He has for me.
I spent time with God this week. And it’s all He asked of me. And the crazy thing is that He was just as thrilled about it as I was.
You know what I get tired of doing sometimes? Talking. I don’t talk a whole lot, and you know what the worst part is? It’s knowing I’ll have to repeat everything I just said.
I only say about a fourth of what I actually think, and people only listen to about a fourth of what I say. And that’s being generous with the numbers. How can that be a valued conversation if we treat people this way?
Being older I try not to let it bother me. There is no more getting mad, annoyed, maybe, but mad, no. See, people don’t listen and it is sad, especially when someone speaks with a purpose of making a situation beneficial. But, that’s life.
And as much as some people only want to be heard saying things that are profound, it’s a lesson to be learned that silence is just as effective. More often than not we should see the beauty in quietness. Our tongues have the ability to curse or to bless, so when too much is said, how much of it can be a blessing? Who is blessing people in every word said? It’s hard to do.
The Bible tells us that the “tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit,” in Proverbs 18:21. God has clearly warned us about our tongues and for this reason we should see why it’s best to have few words. Fewer words almost seem more effective. A simple “I love you,” or “thank you,” or “ please” seems to go miles beyond what a person can imagine, especially when said to the right person on that one particular day. So how about trying to be simple sometimes, and resting our tongues.
Proverbs 17: 27-28
A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered. Even fools are thought to be wise when they keep silent; when they keep their mouths shut they seem intelligent.