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Silence is Not Always Golden-by Lois Macdonald

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“Silence is Golden,” was the unspoken rule of etiquette for children growing up during the 50’s and 60’s. Politeness was a symbol of good-grooming and breeding. Respecting your elders was simply a matter of fact. Little ones were invited to speak during the social get-together, only if prompted by a grown-up. Then they would be watched under the scrutinizing stare of their anxious parents, who expected their response to be carefully thought through before vocalized. A lesson that I believe should be revisited today, by children and adults alike! To break the silence, words were to be pleasing to all listeners. Although manners have done an about-face, hopefully, respect for self and others will forever be in fashion. So, what does Scripture say about being silent? Do the same restrictions rule over our prayer life? Must we hold back the things that lay heavy on our heart? Actually, the bible says 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 your Maker. A time of intimacy, when we are free to bear our soul and renew our faith, fueled by God’s wisdom, love, and grace. In silence we can give our Father the honor and respect he is due. It is a sanctuary where honesty, repentance, healing, and salvation dwell. A place 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 that many Christians ask themselves is, “Can I possibly admit that there are times when I am disappointed or even hurt by the outcome of something I have been fervently praying over?” Do I need to tremble in fear, expecting lightning bolts to strike me dead for allowing such feelings to cross my mind?” Or has our Father waited like a loving parent for the moment when we trust Him enough to surrender the secrets of the heart? I believe our Lord wants a personal relationship with all of his children. After all, “Nothing…is hidden from God’s sight…” Hebrews 4:13. There is a huge difference between feeling entitled to receive God’s love because of our good works and those who feel humbled before God, knowing He loves because of his amazing grace! In spite of our sin. Job was the perfect example of a man who needed to be put in his place in the presence of the “King of Kings!”

In conclusion. “Speak up when the time is right. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King.

However, “It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool than to talk and remove all doubt of it.” Maurice Switzer.

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