“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.”
Although there can be a cost to silence, there is also times when silence is the best answer.
The difference is subtle, yet profound.
Sometimes we are called to speak for our faith, and sometimes our silence shows our faith.
The greatest Example of this is found in the Lord Jesus Christ.
He was oppressed. He was afflicted. He was slaughtered.
He was accused. He was questioned. He was reviled.
Yet through all of this…He remained silent.
“But Jesus held his peace…”
“And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.”
“Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing.”
Throughout the latter chapters of each of the Gospel records there is less and less red letters printed on the pages of our Bibles. In His darkest hour, He chose to be silent as He trusted in His Father’s perfect will.
Despite the pain, the suffering, the betrayal, the agony of what was taking place…He was silent.
1 Peter 2:21-23
“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:”
He left us an example that we should follow His steps.
When we experience pain and suffering, remember how He handled Himself.
If He chose to be silent through all that He faced would we not be wise to also do the same?
Silence can show Who your faith is in.
2 Chronicles 9-10 | 1 Timothy 3
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