Peppered throughout the Book of the Twelve (or as we call them, the Minor Prophets… “minor” in length not in importance!), there resides a curious verse: “Be silent before the Lord” (Hab. 2:20; Zeph. 1:7; Zech. 2:13).
Don’t we love to fantasize about all the things WE will ask the Lord when we get to Heaven? We envision long discussions and all the things WE will say in the presence of the Lord. In eternity I’m sure there will be time for that sort of thing, however, it seems the opposite will also be true. Not only will there be endless praise, adoration, and worship of the Father (Psa. 145:21) – but it appears we will also be in silent, reverent service (Rev. 22:3).
Picture this: we will be hanging on every word that drops from the Father. We will be on the edge of our seat unwilling to miss even a singly syllable. With bated breath, we will soak up every last letter. We will be totally and lovingly captivated by Jehovah. We will be silent, because we won’t want to miss anything!
Could it also be because if we open our mouths, inevitably, the subject matter will be ourselves? Or bad advice? Job’s friends were silent for a week before giving their counsel… and what rotten counsel it was!
I love Solomon’s Proverb to let your words be few (Ecc. 5:2). And also, even a fool seems wise if he doesn’t open his mouth and prove otherwise (Prov. 17:28). Silence is, indeed, golden. Silence (usually) means we are listening. Hey, it may be the reason we were given two ears and just one mouth.
I saw the movie Looking For Richard in 1996 and I have never forgotten the wise words of a homeless man when he said, “maybe if we meant what we said, we would say less and mean more.”