Reflection: Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is a time to be silent and a time to speak (Ecc 3:7). This servant of Isaiah, in the wisdom of God, understood that this was a time of silence. In his stand for justice, his silence proved more powerful than any raging and ranting. For the Ethiopian official reading this text in Acts 8:32-3, this unknown servant was an enigma. Philip was led by the Spirit to meet this man. When the Ethiopian official asked about the identity of the servant, Philip spoke up. This was not the time for silence. Yet, Philip identified the servant of Isaiah
with Jesus Christ. He connected the silence of Christ before his accusers with this servant. There is a time to speak and a time to be silent. Philip then shared the good news of Jesus with the Ethiopian official.
Question: When should believers be silent?
Prayer: Lord, give us the wisdom to know when to be silent and when to speak up in our lives as disciples of Jesus Christ.