In every country he has lived in, Michael always tried to find a good gym to go work out. In Kenya, he met Zane, a coach and a gym instructor and they hit it running from day one. The one thing that struck Michael about coach Zane is how he not only knew what to say but when exactly to say. When Michael would be doing his bench presses for instance and the weight wasn't too heavy, coach Zane would stand there and say nothing as if he wasn’t concerned at all. As they move into more reps and Michael’s arms feel like they can’t handle it anymore, you’ll hear Zane's semi baritone voice shouting “push it, push the weight, give me four more”.
The creation story in Genesis is a fascinating one. Day one God said, “let there be light” and there was light. On the subsequent days, He said let there be this and it was until the sixth day. I’ve always wondered with amusement why God never just said “let there be” all of these things at once, then a revelation dropped inside my spirit. Timing! Timing is everything in life. It is no wonder that when the children of Israel have crossed over the Jordan River and God has promised to give them the city of Jericho, He gave them a strategy. They were not only to march around the city of Jericho once a day for six days, but they were to be silent. God, through Joshua, instructed them not to talk to one another until they were done for the day and they were back at their camp
Joshua 6:10 “Do not shout; do not even talk,” Joshua commanded. “Not a single word from any of you until I tell you to shout. Then shout!”
Listen, God is not against you having a chat with someone, God is not against you talking. The thing is, He wants us to know when to speak and when to be quiet. There is a place in life that things will work out for you simply because you kept quiet. There’ something about silence that confuses your enemies. The guys in Jericho could not comprehend what the Israelites were doing going round their city in silence. Faith is not birthed in the multitude of many words, on the contrary; doubt is conceived. God knew that if the children of Israel talked to one another during the march, doubt will creep in. They would have talked themselves out of the mission. Will these walls really go down? Did you see how they were looking at us? Is there a scientific explanation of how going round such a city can bring down the walls? Maybe Joshua didn’t get the instructions right.
See, the biggest problem with us humans is the problem of saying what is not yet ready to be put forth. We talk too much sometimes; we announce our dreams to the world too early before the vision is even cast, we broadcast the business idea even before we have a business plan in place. We disqualify ourselves in the eyes of a lady we haven’t even asked out on a date yet. We talk ourselves out of God’s mission for our lives.
Listen, there are things God wants to do in your life, to do with you and through you but it requires you to learn to be quiet sometimes and not interrupt what He is doing. Allow Him space to do what only He can do.
Psalm 62:5 Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.
Child of God, stay quiet sometimes.