The Bible says there is a time to keep silent (Ecclesiastes 3:7) and we’ve all heard the adage, “Silence is golden.” There is also an entertaining saying that is usually credited to Abram Lincoln or Mark Twain: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.” Or as my Irish Grandfather would rephrase it, “It’s better to keep you mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.” And if you read Proverbs 17:28, you’ll see that the Proverb writer basically says the same thing way back in the 700s B.C.
However, the same Bible verse that says “there is a time to be silent” also says “there is a time to speak” (Ecclesiastes 3:7). There are somethings that you just cannot keep silent about. Have you ever been so excited about something that you just had to share the news with someone else? Have you ever had something that you loved so much that you just couldn’t stop talking about it? Have you ever heard some good news that was too good to keep quiet about? I know I have and I bet you have too.
The Bible says, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7, NLT). This Sunday, I am beginning a brand-new sermon mini-series that I am calling “Too Good To Keep Quiet.” For the next two weeks, we will be looking at how the early church in the book of Acts grew and was blessed by God because they knew the Good News about Jesus was just too good to keep quiet about.