“I was mute with silence, I held my peace even from good;” (Psalm 39:2).
Solomon, the wise says, “…a time to tear and a time to sew, a time to keep silence and a time to speak” (Ecclesiastes 3:7). The children of God should also learn to be silent.
One mother gave her daughter in marriage. The in-laws’ family was a big one. It was tough for her to manage her mother in law and the sisters of her husband. Her mother-in-law was in the habit of fault finding. This made her to quarrel often with her mother-in-law and to run back to her parent’s home.
The mother felt very sad at this. She began to think how to make her daughter live in peace with the in-laws. One day she told her daughter, “daughter, I have brought a powerful tonic for you, which could make you live in peace with the other members of the in-laws’ family. Once you use this tonic, your mother in law will become very submissive.” Hearing this, the daughter was extremely happy and it knew no bounds. She eagerly asked her mother two or three bottles more and received them.
Then the mother explained to the daughter how to use the tonic. “When the mother-in-law comes to quarrel with you, just fill your mouth with this tonic. After she completes shouting at you, wait for one more hour and then spit the mouthful of tonic in the bathroom but ensure that no one knows what you do. Within a month, your mother-in-law will begin to live in peace with you. The daughter did everything according to what her mother advised. What a surprise! Within a month she was able to earn the affection of her mother-in-law. That magical tonic was nothing but mere water with sugar added to it. The silence brought the victory. Yes. Silence is a good tool.
There are two types of silence. 1. The silence created because of the frustration and anger. 2. The silence dedicated to God. Some women will quarrel with their husbands, keep their faces hard and avoid speaking to them. This will only make the situation worse and will not bring the blessing.
But at the same time, dedicating a day or two in a week to God, sitting silently in the presence of God and meditating will bring blessing and strength to us. Refraining from unwanted blabbering and sitting silently for meditation before going into lengthy fasting will increase the power of fasting. Dear children of God, your silence may look like a defeat today. But God who sees the heart, God who answers the prayer done in secret will exalt you outwardly and definitely bless you.
To meditate: “Therefore the prudent keep silent at that time, for it is an evil time” (Amos 5:13).