Job 40:4-5 Keeping Silent Before God

Quiet woman in nature

“I am unworthy–how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth. I spoke once, but I have no answer–twice, but I will say no more.” Job 40:4-5 

Talking is something that most people like to do. They love to speak their minds to anyone and everyone. In the process of speaking their minds, most people will speak faster than they think. At that point they often say things that should not have been said.

Often these things are said in anger, cutting others down. This can be seen in a person cursing another person for cutting him off in traffic.

People are also very quick to cast judgement upon another without knowing all of the facts. They see or hear only one side of a story and cast judgement.

Job had cast judgement upon God. He blamed God for the problems that he had been going through. When God spoke up, Job quickly realized that he had made a mistake, he misjudged God. Now he said that he will no longer speak, but will listen and keep quiet.

When trouble arises in the life of someone, most people are quick to judge God. They believe that He is out to get them or no longer loves them because He is allowing this trouble. However, this is far from the truth. As Job learned that God was there all the time, but not the cause of problems. God was building Job up.

Believers can seek God for relief from trouble, but they do not need to judge Him. They don’t need to blame Him for the troubles in their life. They are to embrace the troubles and seek God for strength through the times.

This is where it is a time to be silent and humble before God.

As you are going through tough times, remember that God still loves you and is with you. It is a time to silence the grumbling and complaining to God, and worship Him instead. Know that He is in control and loves you.

Do not be like many and blame God, but trust Him. Trust that He is still in control and that He still loves you. When it gets difficult, and you blame God, you can put a hand over your mouth to stop speaking. Be silent and listen to God.

When you are going through a tough time, what are you saying? Are you blaming God? Or are you keeping silent and trusting Him?

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you will not blame God for your troubles; and that you will be silent when wanting to blame God.

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