Who else struggles with holding their tongue? Sometimes its so hard for me to sit back and not defend myself or a loved one or friend when someone is ranting and raving.
I'm experienced that situation this week, where someone's rant made me get all frothy with indignation, just desperate to bubble over and speak up for those not able to or not willing to.
Yet, I held my tongue - and my fingers. I like to look at Moses. He didn't snap at the Israelites when they complained and moaned and groaned over their circumstances. He persisted, kept on keeping on, kept on praying and trusting God to take care of all involved.
I want to more like that. Silent and faithful. It seems safer that way. Fewer fires to put out later, fewer bridges burned, fewer apologies to make, words to eat. Our natural instinct seems to be to FIGHT back but sometimes, SITTING back and praying is much more effective. I suppose in most cases, going against our fleshly, human instincts is the higher, holier choice. If its not hard, its not usually right, huh? =)
Going back to Moses, he finally snapped one day. Got sick of the complaining, the accusations, the mully-grubbing. He struck the rock with his staff despite God's command not to, and well, look what his frustration and disobedience got him? No promised land. =(
So there's a lot to be said for holding our tongues and not snapping back, even if it is "for a good cause". What are your thoughts on this?