And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing. 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
I sometimes wonder what it would be like if we all learned to not talk so much... and took care of our own business more often... I am a people fixer by nature. I see some one who is struggling for one reason or another and I want to help. And that is not a bad thing to be.. but sometimes we can't fix it.. We may mess things up more if we try to help to much. That is something I am learning when to help and when to let people learn on their own. Hard stuff.. I remember reading this "study to be quiet" the first time it really stood out to me.. Because (confession time) I am not a quiet person.. And everyone who knows me personally is giving a LOUD Amen to that. I like to talk.. I have been talking for a long time. More than your average person I am sure. Just ask my momma... or my husband :) So studying to be quiet is something I have tried to do.. Boy howdy sometimes biting my tongue gets really old.. However.. if I am quiet.. I can hear this.. That still small voice... And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before theLord. And, behold, theLordpassed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before theLord; but theLordwas not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but theLordwas not in the earthquake:And after the earthquake a fire; but theLordwas not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.1 Kings 19:11-12 if you read on in 1 kings 19 its talking about Elijah.. He was a tad bit whiny about his situation. And God showed him that he was not alone.. Sometimes I am a little whiny about situations. Feeling all out of sorts and wanting to broadcast how I feel to every one I talk too.. But that can complicate a situation real quick. When some one has done me wrong.. I feel a great sense of self righteousness.. I want people to know I am right and they are wrong.. That is not right.. That is when I have to study to be quiet and listen to that still small voice. Whether I am right or wrong.. I need to let God handle these things and only speak if I am prompted by God.(This does not make me a doormat) He will let you know when to speak.. We have many promises.. If we follow God's word..
He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven. Psalm 107:29-30 He can calm a storm like no other.........