Hearing God in the Silence

Hearing God in the Silence

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Hearing God in the Silence

Moody’s devotional, Today in the Word, recently focused on Hearing God in the Silence. I have kept and reread that issue many times.

The devotional reminds us that Ecclesiastes 3 says there is a time for silence and a time to speak. Both positive and negative aspects of silence were covered. The need for human silence before God and Divine silence towards us each powerfully impact our spiritual walk. I can’t concise the month’s coverage on the topic, but can say perhaps my soul needed the repetitive reminder of being able to hear God in a noisy world.

Silence is unwelcome by most people I believe but is hard to come by for those of us who give it value. In our modern world, we are relentlessly surrounded by people, phones, multi-media, traffic, noise, and minds unwilling to shut down.

I can count only a very few times I have been in total silence. One in the Outback of Australia and another on a ranch in the Rocky Mountains. The mountain silence was accompanied with total darkness, meaning I was unable to see my hand an inch in front of my nose. The Australian stars gave light, but silence still mightily prevailed. I’ve never forgotten either of these times.

While these were extremes of silence, quietness has always been my friend. Oh, I love to talk, laugh and sing with friends and family, but nothing can replace a quiet time with God. Here I am still, quiet and crave nothing. In it is in the darkness, I find light.

Now, I respect that many people and many of my solo saints (widow or widower friends) do not like silence. The TV, telephone or the internet bring enjoyable company. These friends are much savvier than I about entertainment figures and happenings. Good or bad, I choose a nature walk or a stellar book over TV and movies.

What about you? How do you find God in a noisy world? How do you hear God in the silence?  Think on these things.

Thankfully, we are each wonderfully unique and much loved by our Heavenly Father. Let us celebrate our friendships and accept our differences.

 

Be still and know that I am God.

-Psa 46:10

Jude Urbanski About Jude Urbanski

Jude Urbanski’s passions are ‘people and places.’ She writes women's fiction featuring strong inspirational romance elements. Her stories invite you to heroes and heroines who spin tragedy into triumph with help from God. First published in nonfiction, Jude continues to write in this field also. Editing services complete Jude’s repertoire.

Comments

  1. Hi Jude! It is a struggle to find the quiet times, but when I do, I so enjoy one-on-one time with the Lord. It is so refreshing! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Mary Jo Martin says:

    The hardest thing for me to do is to stay quiet during quiet time. If you were visiting with a friend, and no one said anything for a minute or two it would be weird. But the Lord isn’t worried about silence and it’s me who gets nervous if He’s quiet for a little while. I guess awareness is a start, right?

    • I like that you said it’s you who gets nervous and that awareness is a start. A friend said that after reading the devotional’s month about this topic he had started spending 10 minutes a day in the morning in silence. A great idea.

  3. I find it difficult to find the “silence” with God that I desire. I’ll turn the TV and radio off, attempt to be quiet and listen to the voice of God, and my mind starts wandering. That’s my goal as I do a 40 day fast from secular TV – to hear what God wants to tell me.

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