Be silent. Think before you speak. Perhaps if the apostle Peter had done that, he would have saved himself some embarrassment and trouble. When we learn to be silent and think before we speak, we can save our self some embarrassment and trouble, as well.
One day Jesus took Peter, James, and John with him up a high mountain. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white. Whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. As the disciples stood there frightened and amazed, Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus.
Instead of worshipping in Christ’s magnificent presence, kneeling in silence, and marveling at the privilege of being on that mountain at that particular time with Jesus, Moses, and Elijah, Peter decided he should say something. Even if it was the wrong thing to say.
What Peter suggested received a speedy rebuke from God. He told Peter to listen to Jesus, his son. Peter thought it would be a grand idea to build three shelters on that mountain. One for Jesus. One for Moses. One for Elijah.
Yes. Moses and Elijah were great men chosen by God to serve him. However, they weren’t God’s son. They weren’t to be worshipped. They were simply men used by God to serve him.
Then, just as quickly as Moses and Elijah appeared, they disappeared.
Sometimes, like Peter, we feel we must fill in the silence. We believe we should say something. Anything. Even if it is inappropriate. Have you noticed that?
Silence can seem to stretch on forever. It can feel uncomfortable. Most times, though, it is the best response. As God told Peter, listen to Jesus. It’s kinda difficult to listen when we are speaking.
Have you ever considered silence as a form of humility? Think about that a moment.
Often, when we feel we must fill in the gaps of silence, it is because of our pride. Perhaps Peter felt it necessary to step up and offer a solution to the situation on the mountain with Jesus, Moses, and Elijah.
Maybe he thought that would show what a good problem solver he was. Especially since it didn’t seem James nor John were going to do anything to honor these two men from Israel’s past.
Satan is the enemy of silence. He wants to fill our minds with chaos and noise. Why? Because when our minds and lives are full of noise, we have a harder time hearing the Spirit’s voice. It is harder to hear what God wants to say to us.
When all we hear is noise, and we are contributing to that noise, it is difficult to interrupt those thoughts which we need to take captive and throw away and those we need to keep.
Learning to be still and be silent before God, think before we speak, and listen to God’s voice above all others can keep us from becoming like Peter, and speaking when we do not know what to say.
What do you do to make sure you think before you speak?
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Peter burst out to Jesus, “Master, it is wonderful for us to be here! Shall we put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah?”
He really did not know what to say, for they were very frightened. Then came a cloud which overshadowed them and a voice spoke out of the cloud, “This is my dearly-loved Son. Listen to him!” Mark 9:5-7 (Phillips)
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I wish you well.
Thanks for the reminder – thinking before speaking is always the best route for me….. Gives me a chance to ask God what He wants me to say, if anything.
Good advice, Joni.
Such good advice, Sandy. But so hard sometimes to remember! I try to remember to pray before getting together with friends or for meetings that I’ll be a better listener than speaker, but I find it a challenge!
It is challenging, Kathy. I’ve failed to think before I speak more times than I care to count. Praying before a gathering is excellent advice.