Judges 18 (August 17)

                                                                    Break the Vow!

            “Keep quiet! Put your hand over your mouth…”

            People of Hispanic descent are usually very talkative and friendly.  The only problem is that sometimes it becomes impossible to achieve an effective conversation; especially when everyone wants to talk at the same time.

            Some of our family reunions can easily turn into a miniature version of the New York Stock Exchange, where everyone screams for attention.  The desire to speak is so great among some of us, that we do not take time to listen—all we want to do is to get our point across.

            Nevertheless, in the spiritual realm, it seems as if many believers have taken a “vow of silence.”  Believers from every race prefer to talk about the weather, sports, movies, fashion, politics, and perhaps a little (well-intentioned, of course) gossip, than to speak openly about their faith in Christ.

            The apostle Paul instructed the gift-seeking Corinthians to “prophesy” (1 Cor. 14:5).  He was referring to the urgent need of preaching God’s Word and sharing our faith.  If we keep silent, we might as well join the ranks of the army of false prophets.  This is what the young Levite did when he kept quiet and did not denounce evil.  He was more interested in fame and financial security, than in speaking the truth. 

            Open your mouth Christian!  Break the vow of silence and speak boldly about your Savior! Do not allow fear, or the devil, to render you as ineffective as a disconnected loud speaker.  Learn to say with Peter, “for we cannot keep from speaking about what we have seen and heard.”  (Acts 4:20).

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