The Silent Jesus

A devotion on Proverbs 17:27-28

He who spares his words has knowledge. He who is even tempered is a man of understanding. Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is counted wise. When he shuts his lips, he is thought to be discerning.
–Proverbs 17:27-28

Why did Jesus not say anything when the religious leaders and the crowd shouted out to Pilate to sentence Him to die on the cross? He was blameless. Why didn’t He defend Himself?

Jesus was, and is, The Word. Our Lord spent His last night on earth in prayer, talking to His Father. Before that, He spent three full years speaking and teaching continually. As long as there was the possibility that He might change a life and lead someone closer to God, He spoke up. Since He was so in tune with Heaven, He knew when the time for talking was over.

As a Christian, sometimes the wisest thing we can do is to remain silent the way Jesus did. When you are sure speaking out will not change the outcome or when speaking out would keep you from letting God demonstrate His power and glory, keep silent.

Let God give you peace. Focus on your Defender and Savior, Jesus, and let Him take you through the difficult situations. Let your calm, peaceful attitude, and positive Christ-like demeanor speak for you.

Prayer

Dear God, Please give me the wisdom to know when to be silent. Let my actions and attitude show others the peace I have that comes only from You. Let others see Jesus through me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Reflection

What moments have I experienced recently that could have benefited from me speaking less?