When there are many words, transgression and offense are unavoidable, But he who controls his lips and keeps thoughtful silence is wise. Proverbs 10:19 AMP
As we cross over from this decade into the next, I have prayed for God to help me understand what to make of the last 10 years. I sought God in my time of meditation wondering, "What is my big takeaway of the last decade?" While I have a tremendous testimony of all that I've learned, there is one simple teaching that I want to share with anyone who has the heart to receive it. Going into this new decade, I encourage you to Hush...your...mouth. Simply be still and know that He is God, who will be exalted in the world through all that He is favoring you to accomplish in your life to bring him glory (Psalm 46:10). There is something about the ability to be silent that sets us apart from foolishness and keeps us out of the conflicts that seek to distract us from our purpose, diminish our character, and have us to live beneath the level of God's favor on our lives (Proverbs 26:4, 1 Corinthians 15:33). This is especially important to those of us who have discovered the greatness of God's favor. When God allows us to see the awesomeness and abundance of His adoration for us, the prosperity He has planned for us, and the level of favor that we have been anointed with, it is hard to keep quiet about it. Our first inclination is to witness to others about how great God is and to share and include them in the good news of His plan to prosper us (Jeremiah 29:11). It is so tempting when people challenge us with their doubt and dishonoring descriptions of what God is doing in our lives to want to set the record straight with what we know for sure. More disheartening than anything else is the deep pain of realizing that some of the people you love the most are simply mad that God has richly bestowed His favor on your life, revealing how much they believe that you don't deserve it and how much they want it for themselves (1 Samuel 17:25-31). I guess the most dangerous part of this realization is having to live through their inexhaustable attempts to steal God's favor from you (Genesis 37, Genesis 25:19-34). Becoming aware of the plots against you can definitely make you want to lash out from our flesh and curse these people with our words (Romans 12:14). But...without our words to activate the misunderstandings, the committed misperceptions, and the misplaced anger harbored in the hearts of others in response to the favor of God on our lives...the foolish among us are disarmed (Proverbs 26:20). In silence we are able to hear from God on the matters of our hearts (Psalm 27:11-14). Keeping the cover of silence on our lips and assuming a posture of submission to God positions us to truly put matters into Gods hands for resolution, allowing His favor to surround us like a shield (Psalm 5:12). Being silent and still, anchored in the truth of God and knowing that He is God all by Himself, allows us to miss the arguments and intentional betrayals. Thus keeping us free from the bondage of offense toward those who simply have a hard time accepting that we are favored. As we step into all that God has for us in this fresh new decade, let us remember to hush our mouths and be still, knowing that God's favor surrounds us like a shield. He will protect us and propel us into the purpose for which He predestined each of us as we choose to silently submit to and be at rest in Him.
Be Blessed! ~Nina
Declaration: I am silently submitted to and resting in God who is protecting me and propelling me into the purpose for which He predestined me.