Sometimes you need to close your mouth in order to hear a word from God. Whether it’s from God or even from the pastor, preacher or teacher; you need to close your mouth and listen. You got the nerve to say you aren’t learning anything when you’ve yet to listen to God’s instructions. You even got the mitigated audacity to blame the pastor when you ain’t heard a word of the message. When will you shut up and listen? Yes, I know you’ve been in church all of your life, you have a lot of scriptures memorized and you have a personal relationship with God but if you’re trying to finish the pastor’s sentences; you aren’t listening. If you are constantly talking to God, when can He speak to you? Sometimes you need to close your mouth and lie before God and allow Him to minister to your spirit. Sometimes you need to close your mouth and allow God to move through you. Sometimes you just need to shut up!
This is not only the case in your spiritual life but it may work in your personal life too. Please understand, I am not trying to tell you how to live but baby, you need to listen to somebody other than the sound of your own voice sometime. Don’t you know your spouse gets tired of you coming home and the first thing you do is start nagging? Don’t you know you need to listen before you allow your attitude to go from 0 to 60? Now, you want to go to counseling because you need a 3rd party to intervene in the middle of you all’s mess when all you need to do is step back and listen to each other. I get it, the kids are lying but have you stopped to think that maybe they don’t tell you everything because you only hear what you want to hear? Have you actually listened to what they are saying? Have you ever wondered why the invitations from friends have stopped coming in? Well maybe it’s because you’re the one doing all the talking. You know the one who knows everything about everything, the one who can talk about every subject, can’t anybody beat you at anything because you know everything and you never shut up – is that you? All I am saying is this … sometimes, we all need to close our mouth and listen. Proverbs 18:13 says, “Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish,” yet Proverbs 19:20 says, “Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.” Simply summing it up to say – You need to close your mouth and listen sometimes! You might just find an answer to the question you’ve been asking!