Book: Proverbs 29
“Mockers can get a whole town agitated, but the wise will calm anger.”
Do you remember the story of the adulterous woman that was brought before Jesus in John 8? The religious leaders had stirred up the people against the woman and brought her before Jesus not to pronounce judgment on her but to trick Jesus. They said in verses 4 & 5 “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” Jesus responded to them but not the way they expected. He spoke to their heart, revealing the real reason they were there. By the time Jesus looked up a second time, the situation had been diffused, all the others had left, being convicted of their own sin. Jesus demonstrated His wisdom in dealing with such mockers. They were out to get him but He deflected their anger by giving them something to personally think about.
When communities and groups of people get stirred up there are usually a few individuals behind the uprising. By being filled with the Holy Spirit and not acting on one’s own skill, God can use you to calm the agitated. Nothing is impossible with God. He can and will give you the right words at the right time causing the appropriate result.
Another aspect to this story is that even though the leaders and people were pushing Jesus to answer them, He took His time. He did not rush immediately with an answer. We do not know what He wrote in the sand before He spoke to the crowd but whatever it was, it was not a good enough answer for them. Sometimes one short sentence and being slow to speak is all that is needed to soothe a situation.
When you face difficult circumstances with groups of people, take time to first talk to God about it. This does not have to take long and can be done in the instant you find yourself in the situation. Then do not rush your words. Sometimes speaking slowly and simply is all that is needed.