Quiet! (Job 13:5)

THOUGHT FOR TODAY FROM JOB 13: Let's be quiet!

Job responds to his abusive friends with esteemed words for all to consider:

"Oh, that you would be silent, and it would be your wisdom!" 
(Job 13:5).

Is there not a more polite way to say: "shut up?"

Whether we want to truly be wise, or perceived as wise, this is good counsel. King Solomon stated, "Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; when he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive" (Pr 17:28).

Now, I am not smart enough to determine if I am wise or not, but one thing I do know is that holding my tongue has spared me much grief! "I've rarely regretted what I didn't say," someone wisely pointed out, "but I've oftentimes wanted to retract what I did say, but couldn't."

It takes discipline, but it can be done. The tongue must be tamed, bridled, conquered! James seems to think it possible: "If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless" (James 1:26). 

Have you noticed God gave us two ears and only one mouth? Is He trying to tell us something? I think James caught His message: "So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to become angry." 

Had only Job's friends sat in silence; that would have been wise.