“He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7 NIV).
READ: Matthew 27:13 – 14
Oh, this mouth of ours! How many times has it put us into trouble? We talk when we are not supposed to, we talk when we are not asked to, we chatter, we gossip, we slander. How easy it is to respond to accusations and abuses (to give them a piece of our mind and to prove that we have sharp tongues). Yet in the above scriptures we see how our Lord Jesus Christ was mute in the face of oppression and affliction. Was it that He had nothing to say, or the power to say it? The real test of strength is having the power to speak and choosing not to speak. Even when He could defend Himself and give a more accurate account of who He truly was in response to His accusers, Matthew said He answered Pilate not one word so that the Governor marveled greatly. Authorities in form of principalities and powers will marvel greatly when we choose not to utter a word as we go through the dealings of God.
Father in the name of Jesus, I bring my tongue under the control of the Holy Spirit to tame it and restrain it that I may know when to speak and when not to open my mouth. I receive grace and strength in Jesus name. Amen.