Therefore, the wise person will keep silent
at such a time,
for the days are evil.
I cannot honestly say that I fully understand this direction from God; however, I must stop to realize that in exceptionally evil days such as ours when God appears to be executing His judgment and evil people are in power, there is a time for those who are wise to simply say nothing. This must be taken with a grain of salt in my case for being silent is easy for me in the face of evil I am embarrassed to say. It ‘feels’ safer to say nothing I often find; however, I know that ‘feeling’ is not always right. Yet, still, there is real truth in this verse or the prophet would not share this word.
When God’s wrath of judgement is all around us there will be times when our best response is to say nothing. We must not miss those opportunities to simply shut up. In these cases, less is more. Discernment from the Holy Spirit must be applied regarding when these opportunities occur but we cannot assume that running our mouths is always the best solution for the evil around us. Sometimes we are called to just be silent and know that He is God.
Give us insight in these dark days, Lord, that we will faithfully serve you and not bear false witness. Grant us the insight to know when to speak up and when to shut up.
They hate him who reproves in the gate,
And they abhor him who speaks with integrity.
Therefore because you impose heavy rent on the poor
And exact a tribute of grain from them,
Though you have built houses of well-hewn stone,
Yet you will not live in them;
You have planted pleasant vineyards, yet you will not drink their wine.
For I know your transgressions are many and your sins are great,
You who distress the righteous and accept bribes
And turn aside the poor in the gate.
Therefore at such a time the prudent person keeps silent, for it is an evil time.