Silent Assistance

Have you ever been asked a question that you could not answer?  Has someone shared a situation with you, expecting advice, but you had no insight?  What do you do when you’re faced with this type of situation?

It may be easier to start answering this question with what you shouldn’t do.  Don’t “wing it,” or make up answers.  That’s what Job’s friends Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar did.  They had no idea why Job was facing such a challenging situation, but they gave their opinion anyway.  Bad move.  Notice what God said about their advice, “… you have not spoken accurately about me …” (Job 42:7, NLT).

So, what do you do when you really don’t have an answer for someone?  Keep silent.  That’s what Job’s friends did initially, and they were not reprimanded for that.  I challenge you to silence your opinion, especially if God has not given you an answer.  Instead of talking to them, talk to God.  If you don’t know the answer, you can pray and ask God to give the person revelation.  That’s silent assistance!

Thought to Consider:
When you don’t have an answer, seek the One who does!