Joshua 6:10 But Joshua commanded the people, “You shall not shout or make your voice heard, neither shall any word go out of your mouth, until the day I tell you to shout. Then you shall shout.”
Think about this verse. God commanded the Israelites to be silent while they marched around Jericho. There is a lot of wisdom in keeping our mouths shut. I should know because I haven’t kept mine shut more times than I can count.
There are several reasons God told them to be quiet. First is that it never pays to argue with your critics. I can imagine that the people of Jericho were yelling not so nice things to the Israelites as they marched. Anytime we are insulted or offended our natural reaction is to defend ourselves. The problem is that when we do we are drug down to their level and are fighting on their turf. It is better just to keep quiet and let them continue talking. Remember sticks and stones are the only thing that break bones.
The second reason that God had the be silent is that it kept them focused. Face it we over communicate today. We are saying too much and in reality most of it isn’t relevant to the conversation. The Israelites weren’t even supposed to talk to the people around them as they marched. That must’ve been tough but it kept them focused on the task at hand. A little more silence may make us more productive in our daily lives. Maybe if we put down the cell phone, stopped texting, and logged off of facebook we would be able to see more of what God is doing.
I am the biggest culprit in this. I love to talk but God has been convicting me of being silent more.