Since my husband and I separated, it’s as if God has put a shield, steel clamp, or concrete barrier over my mouth…well except for the other day with the whole bank statement episode. But God used that to show me what happens when I react without first consulting Him and how that feels. It’s easy to let our emotions rule our thoughts, speech and reaction. It’s harder to stop, be quiet and listen before speaking or reacting.
When I feel “threatened” or “not in control” my mouth can get the better of me. That sick feeling in the pit of your stomach because you are not in control – have you ever felt that? I’m learning that if I give my control over to God I have a stronger confidence in Him and then He gives me peace to stand still and keep my spirit calm. I don’t have to fight these battles; I just have to keep my mouth shut.
Read all these different translations of the same verse:
(King James Version) 14The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
(New Living Translation) 14 The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”
(New International Reader's Version) 14 The Lord will fight for you. Just be still."
(Holman Christian Standard Bible) 14 The LORD will fight for you; you must be quiet."
(Contemporary English Version) 14The LORD will fight for you and you won't have to do a thing."
(The Message) 14 God will fight the battle for you. And you? You keep your mouths shut!"
Be still; keep your mouths shut; hold your peace; stay calm; be quiet; won’t have to do a thing. What an awesome promise.
Although I don’t understand how it happens, it does happen if I listen to God first before speaking or reacting. If we keep our spirit aligned with the Holy Spirit then we are better prepared for life’s battles.
Blessings to you!