I have a size 10 mouth, coincidentally the same size as my feet. Those who know me personally know that there are times when I should be quiet and I*m not and times when I should speak and do not. Pray for me about this and I will pray for you about it. Here is the key. We should speak what, when and where the Lord wants us to speak and we should remain silent when He wants us to be silent. We should consult Him in our thoughts about when to speak and when to be quiet.

Psalms 139:2: Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

Psalms 141:3: Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

2 Timothy 4:2: Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

Ecclesiastes 3:1: To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

Acts 19:36: Seeing then that these things cannot be spoken against, ye ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly.

Proverbs 18:13: He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

1 Thessalonians 4:11: And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;

2 Thessalonians 3:12: Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

1 Timothy 2:2: For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

1 Peter 3:4: But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

The following devotional material is taken from Today With The King, written by Robert A. Cook. Copyright © 2017. All rights reserved. Used with written permission.

Jeremiah 51:59: *The word which Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah the son of Neriah... and this Seraiah was a quiet prince.* Read also through verse 64.

Seraiah was chief chamberlain. Today he might be likened to an army quartermaster. In any case, he was a *quiet prince.* There is something to be said in defense of quietness. In our fast-paced, noisy culture this virtue is often maligned and tagged as a weakness. The macho man and the assertive woman find no time for quietness in the day*s activities, no place for a quiet spirit in the inner universe of their thoughts. The Apostle Peter wrote, however, that a meek and quiet spirit is *in the sight of God of great price* (1 Peter 3:4). As a matter of fact, there is some doubt as to whether one ever really knows God until he or she becomes quiet before Him. The Lord Himself commands, *Be still, and know that I am God* (Ps. 46:10).

Every warrior of the Cross knows that sometimes the victory is won, not by doing something, but by waiting on God. The classic illustration of this truth is found in Exodus 14:13. *Fear ye not,* said Moses to the Israelites who were being pursued by Pharaoh*s chariots. *Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.* Indeed, Egyptians by the thousands who were one day menacing and intent on Israel*s destruction were forever beneath the waters of the Red Sea the next! So we come back to Seraiah, the quiet prince. That blessed combination of royalty and poise is the birthright of every Christian! We can be quiet because when we pray about everything we have the *peace of God, which passeth all understanding* (Phil. 4:7). And we are *a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people* (1 Peter 2:9).

Small thought here. Quietness is no accident; you have to plan for it. Carve out some minutes every day during which you will be absolutely still before God, allowing Him to speak to your heart.

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