Sometimes saying nothing is the best option
There are times when I want to write concerning a specific matter, or feel that I should write an article for the people that want to hear from me. I have learned during my short stay on Earth that there are times when it is best to keep my mouth closed.
Silence is the best option in certain cases. There are two specific examples in the Bible I want to focus on, in order to portray this message.
Someone may ask you a question and a simple example I can give is not knowing the answer. You would not need to respond wrong information but would need to relay that you do not know what is required. If a grown man was approached by a young adolescent, who felt the need to continually provoke him with threats and abuse, it would not be expected for the man to retaliate with similar actions, it would be expected that the man responded in a manner of maturity: with intentions of diffusing the matter, not encouraging the behaviour. I recently was in a supermarket shopping and upon exiting, I was made aware of an altercation between two people and an employee in the store. Various times he was provoked and remained calm. Myself and others tried to usher the boys away who were intoxicated by alcohol and perhaps other substances. All of a sudden the employee became angry and started acting aggressively (he actually hit one of them). The point is that firstly he let the company down and secondly himself. My friend recently was in a similar altercation and did not act like this first example. Jobs are not just given to people who cannot control themselves, you have to remember that the companies are being represented. Whether or not this man started this altercation he should not have acted this way.
The first biblical example I will highlight is from the book of John (8:1-6), when Jesus was approached by some prideful Pharisees and Scribes. “Moses commanded stoning for this act of adultery but what sayest thou?” Jesus did something which I learned from, we see what he did by the repetitious questioning…He ignored them!
Jesus later went on to dismiss the claims by giving them a lesson they really needed. Jesus here knew he was right, but was not quick to answer these men, he took time out and waited. This teaches the readers that even though right, it may not be the right thing to do immediately when in confrontation. For a period of time he chose to not respond (for reasons I have my own beliefs to). I believe the skill has to be learned, of being able to say no to self and keeping the mouth closed.
The second example I want to highlight is from the Old Testament, in the book of 2 Samuel 18.
A man named Ahimaaz was so eager to run to the King of the day David, when told no, he eagerly insisted. He insisted even though another person had been sent out as messenger already. He was that eager that he beat the man sent out first, just to deliver a message. The intriguing thing here is, by him continually pressing Joab for the opportunity to run was the first mistake he made. He did not need to do any such thing. It was even noted that he was a bringer of good tidings. Secondly, when given the chance he pleaded for arose, he lied to his leader and said he didn’t know what had happened. This again was another reason why silence or limiting his speech was vital. Joab had stated to him, why do you want to run to King David if you have no message. If he heeded these words from Joab and actually took time to think, he might have realised that my silence is the best thing in this circumstance.