1 Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said, 2 Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it. 3 Then Job answered the LORD, and said, 4 Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. 5 Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further. (Job 40:1-5 KJV)
Job could not understand what was happening to him and, after talking/questioning the Lord and not receiving satisfactory answers, decided to shut up. That is very good advice and most people could benefit from that. Most people have never learned to just “shut up”. I try to do just that although many people try to force me to either say what I never intended to say or say too much. When I have said that I don’t know, I have had people try to make me say I know and then prove what an idiot I really am. I should follow Job and shut up.
I look at the political quandary we are in, here in the USA, the people that can’t get out of their own way because they never know when to shut up. I am not looking at one side or the other, I am looking at all sides. A man told me he won a committee election because he didn’t say anything and was elected to office while he was in the restroom. He returned and was informed he was the new president of the committee. Now he can’t shut up and he would further prosper if he would. Believe it or not, he is now letting his own mouth get in his way. He learned that simple fact, for about five minutes before reverting back to his old ways, when he was told to shut up and listen so that he could be told how to get out of a situation. Proceed no further.
It seem as though our politicians love to hear themselves rambling on and on, saying nothing of value. Confusing us as well as themselves. If only they could hear what they are saying or, maybe, shut up. I was told over and over again, when I was a child, that if you lie enough you will forget how the lie first started and get tripped up in the present lie that is supposedly covering the first lie. Now which lie was it? Proceed no further (shut up).
Job was a God fearing man and was tested over and over again because God told the devil that Job could pas s any test and would still love Him. Job was about to lose the bet until he shut up (proceed no further). I like to sit outside, alone, smoke my cigar and read the paper or use my PAD or just sit and watch the coming and going of the people. I know another person that does the same thing and occasionally we’ll sit together with very little being said. My wife does not understand this and she say it must be a military thing since both of us are retired ex-military. She may be correct, however, all I know is that it feel so good to just shut up. So much can be learned just by simply watching people.
It takes at least two to argue. No sane person can argue with themselves and if one side will shut up, the argument will soon cease. Also, in an argument, the side that shut up will hear what is being said, not guessing but truly hearing what is said. The side that is arguing hears nothing but themselves and miss the world going by before them. Someone can shout “FIRE!!” and the side that is arguing will never hear it.
When I sit outside and watch the world go by I can hear people talking on their phone a hundred yards away. Or they drive by and the music is blasting (do they hear that fire truck coming or that tractor-trailer blowing it’s horn?). There is a saying that silence is golden and Job learned that, we should also. I know that silence came in handy in Viet Nam and a few other places I have been because I have learned to “shut up” or as Job say “proceed no further”.
The Bible teaches us many things. In fact, in the days of yore, school was taught from the Bible because it is a fact that everything that you need to know, and then some, is found in the Bible. Job is just one example and we all can learn from him. I will “proceed no further”.