Advantages of Dumb

I often wish I could just shut up. To let stuff I disagree with slip on by.

The wrath of man does not work the righteousness of God, yet I do find, from Scripture, that there are times when confrontation is necessary. I just wish I knew when.

There is an element of arguing or pointing out error that is lack of faith. God needs me to correct idiots, you know. God won’t do it, or He will at least take forever to get around to it. Much easier if I step in and deal with it.

“But I, as a deaf man, heard not;
and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.
Thus I was as a man that heareth not,
and in whose mouth are no reproofs.
For in thee, O LORD, do I hope:
thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.”

Being deaf and mute would have its advantages. If I didn’t hear error I wouldn’t have to correct it! I would be in total submission to God to take care of it all.

But, alas, I can hear quite well. In conclusion, all I can say is: it’s a good thing I am legally blind otherwise I’d probably never shut up.

5 thoughts on “Advantages of Dumb”

  1. Jeff, you’ve mentioned this a few times, and now I’m curious: what’s the extent of your seeing impairment? I’m assuming you can still read a computer screen…or…?

  2. I can read a computer screen but my screen is zoomed in and I’m about half a foot from it! I can not drive. I can, however, play a servicable shortstop for church softball until the sun goes down.

    I have what is called Juvenile rhetno-schesis. It’s not correctable. Problem with the rhetna. I”m also “cross-eyed.” My grandfather had the same thing and went completely blind but he had other complications.

    The main problem is picking out detail–I can’t drive because I can’t pass the eye test, not because I can’t see the road or other cars. Can’t see words on signs, etc. It’s a pain in the neck and yet I would compare it with Paul’s thorn in the flesh–if I did not have this constant humiliation, I can only imagine the jerk I would be!

  3. Well it seems to me that the Lord has made up for this deficiency by giving gifts in other areas. No flattery to humanity of course, just praise to Him. If by this means you are better fitted to inherit eternal life, then it’s a very small price to pay, isn’t it?

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