Godly Silence

Mark 15:5 (NLT)  But Jesus said nothing, much to Pilate’s surprise.

There is wisdom in silence. Our Lord Jesus, in the middle of unjust arrest and very phony trial, in the middle of much insults, false accusations, and horrible persecutions, spoke very little. He didn’t find it a need to justify Himself in front of an already prejudiced Mark 15.5 - Godly Silencecrowd. He knew truth didn’t matter to them; truth wouldn’t have changed their minds. Besides, He knew His mission; He knew He had to die. Extreme persecutions and excruciating torture may not have been necessary, but He welcomed them anyway.

Even while on the cross, people turned on Him, tempting Him, even challenging Him to perform a miracle to save Himself. Our Lord Jesus could have just easily spoken a word and immediately escaped death. But that could have caused the hostile crowd to have a sudden change of conviction and forcibly crowned Him as Messiah and king. That would have derailed the very mission He came to accomplish. He came to serve. He came to give His life as a ransom payment for our sins.

We don’t always have to speak up. It is not always necessary to defend ourselves. It is wise to speak up only when it matters, only when it makes a difference. It isn’t necessary for us to convince everyone. The pleasure of all is never our aim; we are not called to be liked by everyone. We have a mission to fulfill, a destiny to pursue, and there are those who disagree with us. They stand on our way; they try to oppose us, stop us, silence us, and even destroy us. It doesn’t matter; as long as we are on God’s side, we are on the right track. When our dear God is pleased, we’re pleased.

We are not advocating complete silence, passivity, and inaction. There is a time to speak, but there is also time to keep quiet. Our very task of declaring the Gospel requires speech. We need to lovingly and passionately persuade people with the Good News, but we also recognize the Holy Spirit’s voice when He impresses in our hearts enough is enough–when the time has come for silence to be the best option.

We speak with wisdom. When it’s beneficial, we speak. When it edifies others, we speak. When it gives God glory, we speak; otherwise, we say nothing. And silence can be the godliest thing we do.


Listen Intently

Luke 8:18   (KJV)   18 Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.

Our precious Lord wants us to be as productive as we can be. He doesn’t want our time Luke 8.18 - Listen Intentlyand our lives wasted. He cares even for the way we listen. He wants us to gain more knowledge, more understanding, and more wisdom.

We’re sincere in the way we listen to our Lord. He has graciously given us His Word so we would know our way, so we would know truth, so we can see, so we can really live. We pay sincere and careful attention to His Word. The more we do, the more He gives us wisdom.

It can be tempting to read the Scriptures and pray out of obligation—just to go through the motions. I pray you don’t get me wrong. I believe and understand the need to spend time with the Lord. But we don’t take them lightly and superficially. Not heeding how we hear is to lessen the understanding we already have. We don’t understand the divine mechanics regarding this, but we know what He says happens.

He speaks, we listen. As His sheep, we know His voice. He always guides and leads us to the right path. He wants to commune with us more than we commune with Him. He’s never too busy for us; we don’t have to wait to make an appointment with Him. And He wants to pour out more of His Word and His wisdom to us. So we sincerely seek; we intently listen, and we keep growing.

Word, Power, and Character

1 Thessalonians 1:5   (KJV)   5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

Words are innately powerful.  Combine that with the Holy Spirit, the power becomes infinitely multiplied (really hard to come up with the appropriate description because each of them is already infinite in their power).  Most probably, the context refers to a 1 Thessalonians 1.5 - Word, Power, and Charactermanifested and/or demonstrated and/or visible power.  Imagine the effectiveness and the credibility of a ministry that possesses both.

And even more, we have genuine lives—messengers who are full of integrity.  This shows us why a ministry becomes unquestionably effective, efficient, and expansive. These three powerful factors working together as we serve each other and reach out to the needy and “hopeless” is much better than missing even one of them.  God loves us greatly as His children that we are lavishly graced with all of them.  God loves those who we serve greatly that He wants them to have undeniable proofs of His reality so that they would turn to Him and also live the best life anyone can ever live—the life of a believer.



2 Samuel 14:17   (KJV)   17 Then thine handmaid said, The word of my lord the king shall now be comfortable: for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and bad: therefore the Lord thy God will be with thee.

Discernment is angelic.  It’s God bestowing us knowledge and wisdom so we can determine what’s good and what’s evil, when they’re not as clear as black and white.  We don’t have to make mistakes in making decisions especially the critical ones.  Often, 2 Samuel 14.17 - Discernmentwhen it comes to major decisions in life, we don’t always have clear-cut instructions from the Word.  Even then, we end up with the right choices.

How do we believers seem to know things—truths that aren’t plainly laid out before our eyes to see?  For one, we sheep know our Shepherd’s voice.  The more intimate we are with our Shepherd, the more sensitive we are to hearing and recognizing His voice.  He gave us a very good foundation: His Word.  There, we get to know Him, His acts, His ways.  The more we know Him in the obvious, it becomes easier to sense Him in the ambiguous.

We love His Word.  We’re passionate about learning it.  It’s never a waste of our time doing so.  One Word from God in a critical juncture of our existence can radically change the course of our future.  Not one Word of His will fall to the ground without accomplishing purposes.  We draw near to Him; He draws near to us.  The nearer we are to Him, the louder we hear His heartbeat, the clearer we see His leading.  We understand He wants us to make the right decisions more than we do.  And He makes His presence closer to us than He can ever do:  He is with us—always; He’s in us—always.

Glory of Incarnation

John 1:14   (KJV)   14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Creation shows God’s existence; Christmas shows God’s existence among us.

The greatest act of humility is when God took upon Himself humanity.

john-1-14-glorious-incarnationThe Word becoming flesh is the best and clearest revelation of God.

The first man walked with God. The fall of man broke that fellowship. On the coming of the Son of God, on Christmas, after thousands of years, God “walked” among men—again.

Jesus is full of grace and truth; a Jesus void of grace and truth is a different Jesus.

Christ is full of grace and truth, that’s why Christians also walk in the fullness of—and continuous growth in—grace and truth.

On Christmas, Jesus lived among us—visibly, temporarily. Now, Jesus lives in us—invisibly, permanently (?). Both are glorious. How much more glorious it is when He comes the final time and lives with us—visibly and permanently.


malachi-3-16-conversationsMalachi 3:16   (KJV)   16 Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.

The LORD looks with favor on those who honor Him, those who have high respect and regard for Him and His Name. The conversations of His people are music to His ears; they’re pleasant sounds He delights hearing. He sees the hearts of the people who trust Him, His ways, and His will. He’s never clueless, never unaware, never absent-minded, never misses anything we say or do. He knows us and everything about us. He always pays attention to us.

Like beautiful colors reflected from a gem, the words we speak reflect the beautiful contents of our hearts. They are wonderful words about our God. We speak of Him Who loves us most, Him Who cares for us most, Him Who blesses us most. What words can come from our hearts and lips except those of praise and worship? Our conversations are replete with faith, inspiration, and encouragement. Why not? With Him, we can never go wrong. No one who trusts in Him is ever reasonably disappointed. He never shortchanges us; He always treats us with infinitely gracious fairness.

People have many questionable ways, but our God’s ways are absolutely trustworthy. We don’t ever question Him. Our inability to fully understand His ways doesn’t equate to His wrongdoing. He doesn’t come through the way we expect Him to, but He always comes through for us in manners that dwarf the wisdom of our expectations. We are excited to talk about Him. We are excited to share truths we learn about Him. We run out of time seeking His face altogether. We have questions, but not against Him; we have questions about Him. It’s because we want to know Him increasingly more. So yes, He’s the theme of our conversation, and we continue in this route. That’s just our natural tendency for knowing Him, especially because we continue discovering new facets of our beloved Lord and Savior.

Rejected Prophets

Luke 4:24   (KJV)   24 And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.

Not all believers hold the office of a prophet, but we share the task of the prophets in proclaiming God’s Word to the people. Because of that, many of us share the same experience of not being accepted by people who somewhat know us. We’re not adversely affected by this; this is naturally expected. Some people would be hurt or crushed if given even luke-4-24-rejected-prophetsa bit of the treatment we as God’s ambassadors receive. But not us; we grow stronger through every rejection and maltreatment dealt us.

Our precious Lord Jesus Himself is our example. He didn’t just teach this; He experienced it. He came to the world He created, and He was vehemently rejected. But it wasn’t His loss. God is never at a disadvantaged. However hostile people act towards Him, He always comes up on top, and those who treat Him as their enemy always end up at the bottom. How can a refusal of the greatest Being and the source of all blessings be beneficial?  How does that make sense? How can that be a victory for the arrogant?

We’re God’s messengers; nothing stops us. Just because there are those who don’t accept us doesn’t mean no one accepts us. A lot of times, God thrills us with very pleasant surprises that make our hearts jump in extreme delight. He raises up people who understand us, who value us, who reap the benefits of listening to the Word of God we declare, words they believe and receive. It’s not that we’re looking for approval; we don’t serve God just to please men. But it’s amazingly delightful finding ourselves in the company of believers and fellow “prophets.”