The sound of silence

Silence can be one of the most difficult things to endure. For many, a great deal of discomfort is found when all noise ceases. Most of us will feel a need to fill the void of sound with babble, the radio, a YouTube video, or just about anything that will permeate the air with something other than silence.

There are times, though, when God desires our silence. Remember on the mountain, Elijah did not hear God in the wind, the quake, or the fire, but in the whispering, small voice in the stillness that followed the cacophony. With his ears ringing from the violence that had just passed, Elijah would have had to be still and listen closely to hear anything at all let alone a quiet whisper.

Be silent, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honoured throughout the world.

Psalm 46:10 (NLT)

It is in the silence that God speaks to us. If we constantly fill our days with noise, how will we ever learn to hear His voice? If we never hear His voice, we will be more easily swayed by all of the other voices around us.

The Lord Almighty is here among us;
the God of Israel is our fortress.
                                                      Interlude

Psalm 46:11 (NLT)

God is always around us. How often do we take notice of that fact? How often do we acknowledge Him? The Psalms are filled with interludes. In many translations, you’ll find selah following a phrase. It is an intentional pause, a time for purposeful reflection. The Lord Almighty is here among us. Here. Among us. Those are certainly words that could use some additional thought.

We should take time every day not to merely endure silence, but to actively seek it out. If it requires removing yourself to a quiet place, so be it. Leave behind the noise and distractions. See what you can learn. Often the sound of silence is far more revealing than the noise.

Daily Bible reading: Psalm 44-46, Acts 25

Be Still

Even when I seemingly have nothing to do, I have trouble being still. I almost always have something in my hands to keep me busy and productive. When reading my Bible, I often fiddle with my pens and pencils. I’m rarely still.

Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”

Psalm 46:10 (ESV)

In all of our overwhelming activity, not only do we forget to be still, we find it difficult to do so. And, in a culture where the idea of God is commonly spurned, we try to prove to others (and maybe even ourselves) His existence.

If you know that God is God, rest in that knowledge. One Bible school teacher said that our biggest fight in faith is the fight not to fight. God doesn’t require that we struggle in our belief, only that we do believe.

Today, I will attempt to be still and know that God is God. To know that, no matter my current circumstance, I am in His hands. He is in control. He is God.

Daily Bible reading: Psalm 44-46; Acts 25