Imagine how many problems could be avoided if we would follow God’s simple instruction, “Study to be quiet, and to do your own business.” Most folks are not involved in anything meaningful enough to occupy their thoughts and energy, and that’s why they spend their time worrying about what others are doing. And while the internet has the potential to be an incredible tool for good, it has also enabled lazy busybodies to spend hours on end minding other people’s business. How sad! Our generation is going to hell; there are lonely folks (many still unsaved) in nursing homes, teen-agers walking the streets wondering if anyone cares, and literally millions of folks in our country struggling with every possible type of addiction. We hold the truth in our hands and shout about our preserved English Bible (thank God for it!). But, sadly we do very little with that truth. We spend more time worrying about someone else in the church who isn’t doing enough for the Lord in our opinion, or we focus our attention on the church down the road and what we think they ought to be doing. How much better would it be to use our time strengthening our own family, provoking the fellow members of our church family to love and good works, and doing our part to share the good news of the gospel with at least one of the segments of our society dying without hope.
The Proverbs writer said, “In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin, but he that refraineth his lips is wise.” If we are using our words to encourage a brother in Christ or to tell a sinner about Jesus, we can be confident we won’t be sinning with our lips. May God give us the wisdom and Spirit-control in our lives to be quiet.