When To Speak Up and When To Keep Quiet

“But Moses said to the people, “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and see the Lord’s salvation that he will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians you see today, you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you must be quiet.” The Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to break camp.”…….” So he called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then those in front told him to keep quiet, but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” “ Exodus 14:13-15 CSB  Luke 18:38-39 CSB


God’s word is so good, so apropos to all of life, and always speaks to us in whatever circumstances we are in because God is alive. His word is living so that we can know Him and have a relationship with Him, and when we pray to Him as Father, we know He hears us and understands us. Moses told the people to be quiet and trust the Lord. They needed to keep from grumbling, complaining, and fear-mongering among themselves. They needed to do what God said and trust Him to do what He promised. They needed to keep quiet, for their speaking demonstrated a lack of faith and encouraged the same in others. When God has told us what to do, we need to do it even if it is hard or it looks like it is not the answer to our problem. Faith is not based on sight or feeling but on the trustworthiness of God and His word. Conversely, the blind man was told to be quiet, but he cried out all the more, for he did not have a promise of God but needed the intervention of God in his life. We should pray and cry out when we are in tough places and haven’t heard the Lord’s word. Jesus, God Himself, invites us to pray and to pray with perseverance, not ceasing until the Righteous One has acted upon our behalf. Jesus wants faith on earth, and faith is exhibited by His people when they call upon His Name for His presence in their lives. God delights in being the answer to His people’s needs even as He delights in the obedience of His people. So then, life is sometimes hard, but God is good, and we need to hunker down and obey Him, trusting Him to come through for us in His time and in His way when He has shown us His will. Sometimes, we need to pray earnestly, diligently, and faithfully for God to come, move, show Himself, and act so that we can know the way to go and have reprieve from the world’s evil.

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