Even for introverts like myself who value seasons of solitude and silence, one of the most challenging things to do in a fight, is to keep silence. Silence is especially difficult when you are being maligned and maligned loudly. And in these days of social media when one FB post and a single tweet can be accessed in seconds on various continents, the process of maligning someone and doing so anonymously is easy. Oh, yes. It is difficult to maintain silence in a fight.
But this is what the Israelites were instructed to do in their first fight. They were instructed to walk around Jericho and maintain complete silence, with the exception of the sound of the trumpets, for 6 days. And we can rest assured that the inhabitants of Jericho were likely taunting them as they went by. They did so for 6 days as instructed and then after the 7th time around on day seven, they shouted at Joshua’s instruction and the walls came down.
We are soldiers in a spiritual war and it is critical that we clearly hear the instructions of our Commander in chief. As Ecclesiastes 3:7 notes, there is a time to keep silence and a time to speak. And there are times when what He wants is for our lives to do the speaking, not our mouths.
Day 5 of 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes (also Midweek boost post). Today’s prompt is “Silence.”
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