If you don’t know what to say then don’t say anything.

If you don’t know what to say then don’t say anything.

Mark 9:5 “Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters-one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)”

If you don’t know what to say then don’t say anything.

Before they went up the mountain Peter was having a turbulent experience with Jesus. One moment he is receiving revelation from heaven of his identity and the next minute he is receiving a rebuke for being a stumbling block!
He is either looking like a disciple who understands or one who has missed the whole point.
Sometimes it’s best to keep quiet.
But Peter just has to speak.
Let’s just recap:
Before the mountain he has had revelation of who the Christ is and then he has heard from Jesus regarding his death and resurrection.
On the mountain he sees the glory of God in the transfiguration of Jesus.
He hears Jesus, Moses and Elijah talking about the departure of Jesus from this earth, of his death, resurrection and ascension.

You would have thought he would have got it! But like the others he hadn’t.

Having been rebuked for objecting he now fails by suggesting they delay Jesus’ departure by remaining on the mountain.
He really hasn’t understood anything.

Today you may not know what God is doing with you my advice is to say nothing if you don’t know.

This year has been a year of change for me and I haven’t fully understood at times what God was doing. But people needed to know the reason for change even though I didn’t know, so I told them what I thought they wanted to hear, a different version depending who was asking! It led to all kinds of rumours! I should have said nothing because there were times early on that I had nothing to say.

What have I learnt? Many things! But of importance is this: understanding is a process. If you speak out, try and make some decisive action when you do not understand then you are likely to get it completely wrong. There are seasons for inactivity and silence which need to be adhered to, waiting on God to move or to reveal more before we do. There is a time to be silent and a time to speak (Ecc 3:7). We often get those 2 things mixed up.

Peter should have shut up and watched and listened. He was learning just like us.

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