Few dare to allow uninterrupted silence to exist for more than what is absolutely necessary in their life.
But why is it that we have such a distaste for such an experience?
In the midst of silence, we are captive to our own thoughts.
When we are in silence, we feel a sense of vulnerability, knowing that we can be confronted on any aspect of our lives, either by ourselves of by God.
Also, many of us like to live loud lives because it serves as a barrier or an escape from our own lives, actions, decisions or feelings. If we, even for a mere moment, dwell in uninterrupted silence, we may very well encounter that to which we are trying to avoid.
For others, we are so immersed, in the life style of distraction, that we are not keenly aware if we are avoiding or if there is a greater motive in letting ourselves be distracted.
Whether you identify with one or both these groups, it is important that you understand the consequences of this lifestyle and more specifically, the great impact this constant noise has on your relationship with God.
Listening in silence
Earlier, I equated being in silence to being vulnerable, in a way. In the same way, listening when we are quiet, requires humility that furthers our vulnerability and our need.
In James 1:19, we are told this -
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
Few have the tendency to be quick to listen, but regardless, God calls all of us to be good listeners. Listening and silence go hand and hand as we humble ourselves to listen to what God has to say.
So often, pride takes hold of us, we feel as though we should not have to listen to anyone, let alone put ourselves in a vulnerable position. So instead, we tune God out.
Maybe we feel discontent with our lives and turn to distractions as an escape.
In both situations, we make the decision that makes us feel more powerful.
We can escape when we want, we can tune God out when we want, we like to live as if we are not accountable to anyone.
However, sooner or later, God catches up with us. In fact, He was never behind, but perhaps He was just waiting for a moment of silence.
My encouragement to you this week is this: Humble yourself before your Creator, take time to dwell in silence, be attentive to what God would like to say to you or show you.
Life can seem so complex when noise and distractions rule the day, but in sweet moments of silence, God has a way of bringing comfort and clarity to the soul.
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