When the Seven Thunders spoke, I started to write it all down, but a voice out of Heaven stopped me, saying, "Seal with silence the Seven Thunders; don’t write a word." Revelation 10:4 (TM)
As a teenager, I remember a period of time in which my father’s business went through a really rough time. It was a period of time in which I remember things being very stressful for my folks. Financially, things were tight for quite a while. I don’t know much more than that.
My folks never gave me many details regarding that period of time. To this day, I only know bits and pieces of the story of my dad and his partners and the events which led to him leaving the company. That was okay. My job was to be a teenager and do well in school. It wasn’t my place to worry about things that were outside of my concern. My parents protected me by keeping silent about certain things. As a parent, you learn that there are some things you share with your children. There are other things about which, for your childrens’ own good, it’s best to keep silent.
As God’s children, it’s hard to understand why our heavenly Father is silent about certain things. I want to know His plan. I want to know what is going on. And yet, He chooses to tell us what we need to know and keep silent when it is, ultimately, in our best interest. Our job is to grow up, be obedient, and stick to the path. Some things we will learn in time. Some things we may never know. Other things we may eventually learn, only to discover that it was in our best interest not to have known until the appropriate time.
There is "a time to be silent and a time to speak." Ecclesiastes 3:7b (NIV)