I’ve been reading ‘Fool’s Talk’ by Os Guinness and he told a very intriguing story from St. Augustine’s life. As most of you already know, Augustine is one of the most preeminent Church fathers.
Before Augustine was saved he was a wild young man obsessed with pagan philosophy. His mother was a Christian and desperately wanted him to come to know Jesus.
So when Augustine’s mother Monica had the chance to meet Bishop Ambrose, a very import figure in Christianity at the time, she asked him to come speak with her son.
But here is Augustine’s description of Ambrose’s response "He told her that I was still unripe for instruction because, as she had told him, I was brimming over with the novelty of heresy… ‘Leave him alone’ Ambrose said. ‘Just pray to God for him. From his own reading he will discover his mistake’.
What?! That is never how I would have responded. And yet, it worked!
Ambrose realized that while Augustine was on fire for his paganism the talk would do little good.
How do we know when we should say nothing and wait upon God as we pray? Can you think of other times in a person’s life when it may be best to simply remain silent and wait?
What do you think of this example?