“Silence is golden.” The crowning jewel of etiquette for children growing up during the 50’s and 60’s, in North America. Politeness stood for good-breeding. Hence, little ones were only invited to speak in social settings if prompted by an adult. Then under the scrutiny of an anxious parent, they were expected to “think carefully before they spoke,” a lesson I believe should be revisited today, and respond with words pleasing to the ear. While manners have done an about-face, hopefully, respect for self and others will always be in season. So, what does Scripture tells us about being silent? Do the same restrictions rule over our prayer life?
There is “A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak.” Ecclesiastes 3:7. NLT.
In silence, one can leave all worldly distractions behind, and draw near to our Maker. Free to bare their soul, and soak in God’s wisdom, love and grace. In silence we can give our Creator the honor and respect, he is due. It is a sanctuary for honesty, repentance, healing, and salvation. Where “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:13. NIV.
The question many Christians ask themselves is, “Can I possibly admit that there have been times when I was disappointed or hurt by the way God answered or didn’t answer my prayers?” Must I tremble in fear, expecting lightning bolts to strike me dead for allowing such thoughts to surface? Or has our Father waited like a good parent for the moment when we trust him completely with the secrets of the heart? For myself, I believe God wants a “close-and-personal” relationship with his children. After all, “Nothing …is hidden from God’s sight…” Hebrews 4:13.
Speak up when the time is right. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King.