God’s Word works mightily in our silence
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Why do we feel that we need to fill every moment of silence with noise? The first thing we do when we sit in our car is turn on the radio, CD or iPhone. When we take a stroll we plug-in our ear buds and listen to Taylor Swift, tobyMac or Eric Clapton and not God’s creatures. Our televisions blare away even when we’re in another room. We don’t like silence.
Yet the psalmist calls us to discover hope in silence.
“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him.”
Psalm 62:5 English Standard Version
Silence causes us to reflect on what is important, yet for some reason we equate noise with doing something significant. The hammer blow, the pounding of computer keys and the racing of a car engine means that we are engaged in something important, right?
The psalmist calls us to find hope in silence; in silently waiting for the Lord. Could it be that we hear God better when we’re engaged in silence? Is it possible that his Word penetrates the core of our being when we’re not making a lot of noise?
As I’m typing this blog it’s ironic that I have music playing in the background. I don’t like silence. So guess what? As I finish writing, I’m turning off the music. Now, as I hear the silence, will I hear the voice of God?
Copyright Douglas P Brauner