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The Wisdom of Silence

My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. - Proverbs 2:1-5

God told me very gently and lovingly that I talk too much.

I tend to be the one who fills the gaps of silence in a conversation or offers my opinion first. I like to give my “two cents” whether it’s needed or not…with my husband, with my children, with my friends, and with God.

As if God needs my opinion or my “wisdom.”

I felt very convicted (but not condemned) about this topic this week.

Phrases like wait, be still, listen to what they are saying, and embrace the silence kept coming to mind.

Because when I am quiet and my heart is truly still, those are the moments when God and His wisdom show up.

And so I’m learning to bite my tongue (literally), to zip my lips, to shut my mouth. And it is a really wonderful thing. It is actually another way to rest for me. I can be quiet because God’s got it.

When my heart is still and listening, God speaks. And when God speaks, we are transformed.

I want to “turn my ear to wisdom and apply my heart to understanding.” And there are times when I will “call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding.”

But for me, and maybe for you, right now is not that time. I believe God is asking for my silence, for my listening ear, for my surrendered and quiet heart.

The wisdom of God brings freedom and healing, strength and protection.

And it brings victory. I don’t know about you, but I want victory. And I want it daily, not just once in a blue moon.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones. - Proverbs 3:5-8 (emphasis mine)

All-Knowing Father, don’t let me be impressed by my own wisdom. My own wisdom is just ridiculous next to yours. May I not feel condemned by this truth, but humbled and gently reminded of Who is in control. The amazing truth is that not only are you in control, but you love each of us so much. God, thank you for being so gentle with me in my stubbornness and pride. Please forgive me, and help me to be quiet and let your glory shine through. Amen.

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If you are an imperfect wife, mom, daughter, or friend, struggling to stay focused on God in the craziness and find joy in the heartache, then we have something in common. I am a recovering perfectionist and daughter of the King, slowly learning to fully trust the One who sees me just as I am, and is already pleased. I’m so glad you are here.

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