One of the things that amazes me about the Bible is that it constantly reminds me why things happen the way they do. In Ecclesiastes 3, the writer tells us that God has placed eternity in our minds to cause us to look back on the past and ponder over the future.
For me that means that I’m to look back at the stupid choices I made and then move forward and not do them again. And we are told that everything that happens does so at just the right time. But seldom does God’s timing and mine happen simultaneously.
There’s one phrase in chapter 3 that always gets my attention. “There’s a time to be quiet and a time to speak up.” I have been a pastor for over 50 years and it’s been my experience that the majority of problems that I have dealt with started when someone opened their mouth, at a time, when they should have kept it shut. But I have empathy for them because I have been known to speak before my mind was fully engaged causing me a lot of grief. Fortunately, God gave me a wife, who on numerous occasions, pointed at my mouth and told me to put a sock in it.
I’m reminded of the proverb that tells us that “even a fool appears to be wise when he keeps his mouth shut.” So be wise and zip it.