Volumes are spoken in complete silence (metaphor)
Let him sit alone in silence, for the LORD has laid it on him. Let him bury his face in the dust-- there may yet be hope. Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him, and let him be filled with disgrace. For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone.
and he went back inside the palace. "Where do you come from?" he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer.
Zechariah asked the angel, "How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years." The angel said to him, "I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time."(Lam. 3:28-33; John 19:9; Luke 1: 18-20-NIV)
For some of us silence is not one of our greatest attributes. There is an old adage that says something like, “silence is golden”. I believe there is power in being silent. Because our Savior speaks in a small quite voice, we cannot not hear him if we are not listening and we cannot listen if there are other distractions around us. In the above scripture Jeremiah in the book of Lamentations is saying that the Lord wanted him to sit in silence. However in the verses prior to that he was talking about the Lord’s compassions that are new every morning, how the Lord is good to those who wait for him, etc. You can read those verses for yourself if you choose to. But God needed him to be silent.
Sometimes, God wants us to be silent also. We do not always have to respond to everything that someone does, says, or what we may read. Silence can speak volumes if we choose to allow it. Remember when Jesus went to the cross for each of us, he said nothing, yet his silence brought about a change for everyone in this world who is willing to accept him as Lord and Savior. We must realize our silence can often bring changes that we may not be aware of and it may not manifest immediately but it can happen.
In the book of John, Pilate asked Jesus where he came from, Jesus gave no response, he could have, however he chose not to. It grieved Pilate and he was afraid to honor the people’s request so it is my belief that deep inside Pilate knew where Jesus came from and who he was. Jesus had no reason to defend himself. Beloved we should not have to defend ourselves either. There will also be times when the Savior wants us to close our mouth concerning a blessing, vision, or plan that he has give us. Ofttimes when we do not use the wisdom of God and share our plans with others, the enemy steps in to destroy them, steal them, hold them up or make us look as if we do not know what we are doing.
Again, in the above scripture because Zechariah chose not to believe the angel of the Lord, he was told that he would be silent and unable to speak until the miracle came forth. God can and will reveal miracles to us but it may not be the time or place for us to share them, so, he needs us to be silent. As this year evolves let us try to be quiet more and listen to the instructions of the Holy Spirit. Only Christ knows the heart of man and how to successfully complete his plans for our lives. Be silent and listen for the Master’s voice only then can we be sure of our next assignments.