Daily Devotional – 11/26/13 “Hold your peace …”

Yea, I know that sometimes this is hard to do but what’s the sense in shooting off when your emotions are on overload? Don’t you know when you’re mad you say some stuff that you really don’t mean? Well, actually you say stuff that you mean but you may say it in the wrong way and at the wrong time which is why you should cool off and keep your peace. The bible says in James 1:26, “If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.” Besides, why are you trying to fight a battle you aren’t prepared to win anyway? Didn’t God tell you that He would fight for you? Well, my bible says in Exodus 14:14, “The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” Oh, but you got the nerve to stand up and argue with your parents when God say respect your mother and father. You wondering why no one is asking you to pray for them but aren’t you the one that keeps saying, “Folk is going to make me lose my religion?” You can’t get promoted because you’ve cursed out all the managers and you’re not asked to lead nothing in church because you’ll act a plum fool there too yet you’re the one complaining. Baby, hold your peace. What are you fighting for anyway? The 3 Hebrew boys didn’t fight and God showed up for them in the midst of a fire. Daniel didn’t fight yet God shut the lion’s jaw. The woman with the issue of blood didn’t fight against those who couldn’t help her yet she was healed. The blind man didn’t fight those who had cast him aside yet his sight was restored.

Oh, but you fight with the children and you’re the adult. You fight with your spouse after you’ve gone looking through their stuff. You fight with folk on the job because you can’t hold your tongue. You fight with family because you’re always in someone’s business. You fight more than you love simply because you can’t hold your peace when Psalm 34:13 says, “keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.” If you can’t hold your peace then you need to read and repeat Psalm 141:3 that says “Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips,” because Proverbs 21:23 says, “Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.” Hold your peace and you keep peace. Holding your peace gives you time to ponder your problem preventing you from proceeding without patience that can provoke a punishment you’re not ready to pursue. So hold your peace and pray instead!