Thursday, March 17, 2011

In A Word: Silence

We live in a world full of noise. Air conditioners running, light bulbs buzzing, sirens blaring, automobiles roaring down the street, horns honking, radios playing, alarms sounding, and phones ringing. Don't forget all of the endless talking, babies crying, children laughing, whispering, singing, and shouting. And then there's the mental noises of self talk, anxious thoughts, and even that catchy tune that refuses to stop going through our mind over and over again. It's no wonder we find it so hard to sit still and be silent before God. Everything around us and within us is moving at a non-stop and very noisy pace. There's no silence, yet silence is exactly what the Lord asks from each of us.

In Psalm 46:10 God commands us to be still and know that He is God. It takes us taking our eyes off of ourselves and tuning our ears to God to truly hear from Him. We can try to read His Word in a quick five minutes in between getting ready for work and getting out the door, but we won't hear from Him. Our minds are too busy calculating the day's work and going over next week's schedule. Sure God is speaking, but in the middle of all that noise we end up missing His message to us.

In Psalm 62:1 David writes "My soul waits in silence for God only..." A few verses down in Psalm 62:5-6, he adds, "My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken." And in Isaiah 30:15, the prophet Isaiah states, "For thus the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said, 'In repentance and rest you shall be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength.'"

Years ago one of the movie theater chains began each movie with a reminder to audiences that "Silence is Golden" in an effort to keep the noise level down throughout the movie. For once, the movie business was right. Silence is golden because it's in the silent moments that we are able to glean the precious wisdom and strength that our Heavenly Father is so anxiously ready to shower upon us.