But they held their peace and answered him not a word; for the king’s commandment was, “Do not answer him.” (Isaiah 36:21)
The lesson of our text is at least two-fold: the wisdom of obedience and the prudence of silence. Seldom if ever does obedience fail to bear fruit, especially if you have agreed to be obedient. Obedience is simply doing what you have agreed to do. Therefore, disobedience is not keeping your word. The wisdom of silence is evident. The book of Proverbs says it this way, “Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; when he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.” Therefore, if you will not be obedient, at least be silent. Why should you further condemn yourself? Learn the elementary level of obedience, which is keeping your word. Likewise, learn the power of silence. More than often, what we do not say has more authority than what we do say. When you combine truthful obedience with appropriate silence you will acquire godly success.