Controlling Your Tongue
“My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me!”
By Jill Briscoe
We were enjoying a prayer meeting. That’s right, I said “enjoying,” not “enduring”! Fifteen women had gathered to talk to God. To encourage our hearts we were reading together from the Word, and we marveled at Daniel, noting that something wonderful happened every time he prayed.
“How brave and courageous he was,” said one.
“How close he kept to the Father,” exclaimed another.
“How special his gifts – and how faithful a servant!” added a third. There was silence....
“What I like best about this story,” said one of my friends, “is the bit about the lions. If God shut the lions’ mouths, I know he can surely shut mine!”
We prayed about that—all of us.
Daniel himself had had to learn to keep his mouth shut. He had also learned when to open it. When he was a young man and a slave, he had asked his captors that he and his friends be allowed to eat vegetables rather than the food and drink that had been ordered for them by the king (see Dan. 1:8-16). Because he had already earned the favor of the chief eunuch, he was granted his request. As the years passed, Daniel relied on his God and learned when to open and when to close his mouth, so his wisdom was esteemed by Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, and Cyrus. Even Belshazzar’s queen recommended he listen to Daniel’s words of wisdom: “There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the Spirit of the Holy God. And in the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, were found in him” (Dan. 5:11).
When you can control your tongue, God gets the glory and men marvel.