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Hold!…Hold! …Hold! Your Peace

Hold Your Peace!

Mom and I were having a heart to heart. I was telling her how bad I wanted to verbally let someone have it.

She wisely recounted a scene from Braveheart (don’t you love a mom that remembers a Braveheart scene?!). In the scene, Mel Gibson’s army is standing as a group watching as armored men on horses charged them. Gibson leads his army in a LONG wait saying “Hold!… Hold!… Hold! (click here for the movie clip)

Hold Your Peace!

Gibson’s army looks vulnerable, weak. He’s appears to be on the losing side of this battle.

That’s how I was feeling too. How could I just stand there watching the attack coming at me and do nothing?!?

Gibson’s character had a battle plan. He had shared it with his army and they were following his lead. Waiting while danger approached.

As a Christ follower, we are asked to go when He says go, and wait when He says wait. (great song about this)  If we trust Him, His strength, His power, His leading to be for our own good , we submit. We say “Yes” to His leadership regardless of what the situation looks like.  We don’t have the Big Picture, like God does. But we do have a Bible full of instructions. We have armor and a battle plan. The All – Mighty Warrior is leading us. He is all wise – we are not. He is all knowing – we are not. He is perfect and WE ARE NOT.

One of His instructions is to hold our peace.

He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor,
but a man of understanding holds his peace. Proverbs 11:12

Here He explains our role regarding peaceful relationships.

If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Romans 12:18

Are we suppose to just stand there and get chewed out, verbally abused, lied to or about? No, I believe we  are to obey God while He fights for us. Do we trust that an unseen God will work behind the scenes for us? Are we expecting Him to defend us?

The Lord will fight for you, and you will hold your peace. Exodus 14:14

It boils down to this … the fight belongs to God

God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God! For behold, your enemies make an uproar; those who hate you have raised their heads. They lay crafty plans against your people; they consult together against your treasured ones. Psalm 83:1-3

But what do we do with our anger while God fights for us and we obediently hold our peace?

But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him. Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah Psalm 4:3-4

Are you shaking your head with me right now? We are supposed to think about it and be silent? How could we possibly hold it in, right?

The Holy Spirit (the same one who raised Jesus from death) lives within us to empower us to do what God says to do. He is where our help comes from. He helps us to be silent. He is our wonderful counselor. He shepherds and protects.

Prayer: Help us Lord!

We need Your help, Your supernatural power to hold our peace.

We want to grow in this area of trusting You to fight for us. Give us eyes to see and ears to hear your instructions and obey them.

Jesus, we need Your understanding, Your perspective in order to HOLD our tongues, HOLD our fears, and preserve the PEACE You’ve generously offered. Release Your power, love, and sound mind in our lives today so that we can be known as Christ followers who are able to be peaceful in unbelievable circumstances. Amen

Join this discussion by using the comment section below. Add your own prayer, thoughts on this subject, and/or Bible verses that come to mind.

 

About Jennifer O. White

I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.

  • Abbie Riddle

    I loved this post Jennifer. When we were at the first church my husband Pastored it was very difficult. Although they treated my husband with respect (to his face) many of the women would tear me to pieces behind the scene. At one point a charter family (a pretty big one) became disgruntled and began to say hateful, hurtful things about us – and our little daughter. Brent would remind me before the business meetings (as they tended to be ugly and nasty and manipulative) to “Study to be quiet”. And when this family left the church and began to spread rumors about our little family in this little, bity town – I wanted to go to this woman and “let her have it”. Brent constantly reminded me that God goes before us, and that if I studied to be quiet His truth would come out and the battle would be won. What a trying time – but a lesson well learned. Because we kept our peace and did not retaliate God was honored and many people since then (we live in another area and are at another church) have contacted us to tell us how that impacted them. God is amazing when we let Him lead and fight.

    • jenniferowhite

      Abbie – thanks for sharing your experience of obedience. I love how your husband encouraged you.

      God is amazing!!!!

  • MsLorretty

    Here from Better Writers and want to say that the layout is lovely and clean looking…like it alot! About to make a self-hosted switch myself and glad because the free wordpress sites can feel a little boxy and cramped.

    Now… the message. Do I ever know this place. I’m learning this place. It’s taken me nearly 24 years of marriage to learn it with my husband and a recent darkness had me learn it the hard way as I had to withstand attack after attack and made some bad choices along the way. Bless it.