To walk in silence. Part of me thinks, “This is my gift to the world.” If I am particularly moody or uneasy in my circumstances, my trials, you might think so too. It goes with our theme of defining complaining and weaving ways to live for (and please) Jesus, our great Savior.
Scripture reminds us to “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you (Phil. 4:8-9, NIV).”
Before the silence comes, it begins in our hearts. It’s probably easier for me to stay silent when I am having a bad day, because I am used to not talking all that much. But to walk in silence, is a gift…
I see, walking in silence, as a gift.
I want to protect those around me, from being affected by the poisoning of my spirit due to circumstances. My mood is a reaction to my circumstances. It is a deeper issue than just not talking (or talking about it). It is a matter of my spirit. A matter of your spirit.
In 1 Peter 3, we are reminded about the truth of having a quiet spirit. A quiet spirit is something to appreciate. In our loud world and even louder circumstances, we can have a great deal of trouble being quiet. We tend to shout loud about our circumstances, or remain the most quiet about them.
With technology advances and social media, a status-of-a-venting-nature is at our fingertips.
The lies we can tell ourselves about a vent status are there, but His Word needs to be greater. In the book of Proverbs, we learn a lot about the power of our words.
To walk in silence is more than not speaking certain things. It is choosing to remain self-controlled in our circumstances. Regardless of how hard our struggle, God can help us to choose our words wisely and teach us when to stay silent.
Knowing walking is silent is a matter of our spirit, we need to consider the words we speak. We need to consider how self-controlled we are, in the midst of our circumstances. Walking in silence is not choosing to never speak about what we face. It is only learning to speak in a self-controlled and God-glorifying manner.
Have you noticed your tendency to stay quiet or speak loudly about your circumstances? Which category do you fall into? How can you speak in a more self-controlled way this week? May we pursue Jesus Christ, and the balance He desires to give us.
Stay tuned! – Stacey