After my morning devotions I thought about this memory. Let me give you the scripture and then I'll let you know why it came to mind.
Ecc. 5:1,2I think maybe God would like at times to use my grandmothers phrase on me, but not in a sarcastic tone. Now you say, "Why would He want to say that to you?". Well, It all starts with the fact that I love to study and I love to read. So, I store information. Not on this worlds important information but stuff that the body of Christ would be interested in. Or maybe I should say, information that will help the body of Christ. And it pops into my head often when I'm listening to people. And here in lies the problem. That information feels kind of like a freight train running behind schedule. It is coming out unless the breaks work. I don't really want to tell people what to do---and sometimes they don't want to really hear what I have to say. Sometimes, I wish I'd hush. So the most important issue is, why would I keep my mouth shut when I know what the word of God says? Here is a good reason---I want them to hear the voice of God.
Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know what they do wrong. Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth. So let your words be few.
My study in my morning devotion will explain why they need to hear His voice.
In MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST by Oswald Chambers he referenced this verse in:
Exodus 20:19And so now you know why God would probably like to tell me to "hush" at times. It is easy for them to say no to me, but what about God? So I pray that when I open my mouth, it is His voice they hear. And maybe at times I will take them straight to the scripture and then let them decide who they will listen to. And for the rest of those times, since I haven't yet experienced a hand coming down from the heavens to clamp my mouth shut(although I wish sometimes He did) I pray I'll be sensitive to the voice of the Spirit saying, "pssst-I wish you'd hush".
"You speak with us.......but let no God speak with us....." We show how little love we have for God by preferring to listening to personal testimonies, but we don't want God Himself to speak to us. Why are we so terrified for God to speak to us? It is because we know that when God speaks we must either do what He asks or tell Him we will not obey. But if it is simply one of God's servants speaking to us, we feel obedience is optional, not imperative. We respond by saying, "Well, that's only your own idea, even though I don't deny that what you said is probably God's truth.'
I"ll keep quiet here on earth and let the voice in Heaven speak.