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SILENCE

Have you ever had moments when you really needed to be silent but... it reddens your cheeks and face as the blood pools in your vessels and you find yourself clenching your teeth, in an attempt to overtake the urge to scream out truth in the face of lies?


I think we have all been there.

Those fierce moments when you desperately want to state your case to the opposition but your real fight lies in an attempt, in vain or not, to be the better person?


It is a challenge (more than a challenge), but what is growth without pushing against the boundaries of what already exists?



I don't say this blindly. I don't say this as someone who hasn't walked through the flames.

I can still feel the scorching heat and still smell the smoke.

It hurts. It feels like defeat. It feels like a betrayal that you are inducing upon yourself and your character by remaining silent while others either slander you or pour out filth or judge based on their view of your splinter through the plank in their own eye.


However, there is not only dignity but also power that comes with silence. When we feel this urge, in this manner, it is often to defend ourselves.


Romans 12 says, "If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all."


Then..... God follows it with,

"Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”


So, if waiting for God to take up the stick for you wasn't enough of a testing of patience, God follows it with yet again another twist that opposes our human nature with the painfulness of a dull knife...


God says, "To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”


I almost sinisterly find comfort in that as I come to the realization and understanding that amidst my offering to my "enemy", I can also challenge their thinking and create in them, hopefully, a thoughtfulness towards the ugliness or hatefulness of their actions or words.

Again, though, this is done in silent servitude.


Lastly, we are told,

"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."


God doesn't make this optional.

It is an instruction.

I've discovered that , after being overcome by the love and unmerited favor of God ourselves, though, that this becomes almost a natural way of a thanksgiving-life.

To feel the bitterness that we feel means that we've been trampled by evil.

To be able to reach a point where we can offer grace in the face of opposition and even evil, means that we are getting closer to mirroring the grace God has given us.


It's not easy. Silence in the waiting is often a bitter pill.

But we can find solace in understanding that it not only grows us - but it pleases God when we are obedient during times when He requests a broadening of our self-control. It also opens the door for God to soften the hearts of our enemies.


Let God take up shield.

He is our Defender and Fortress and Vindicator.

Let God do the defense as we wait under His protective wings.



Hiding in Him,

Sarah Jane

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sjwright2worship
07 jul 2023

Thank you so much! It's a beautiful place to be hidden underneath His wings.

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cindim22
04 jul 2023

What beautiful words of enlightenment and encouragement!!!!!

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