If this crazy loud world of a cacophony of sounds were thrust into sudden muteness, would you embrace that silence? Or, would you become anxious or fearful if every noise ceased and try desperately to listen for any hint of sound? Silence can be deafening.
“Be still and know…” scripture admonishes, but stillness requires silence. Silence screams, “LISTEN!” You strain your ears and force yourself to take note of any sound however small. Silence roars into the emptiness that fills a lonely heart.
Quieting your spirit in the midst of turmoil can give a new perspective. Silence can bring rest and renewal. In your quietness and confidence in God Almighty, new strength arises from within. Mother Teresa said, “We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence.”
One man occasionally practiced a self-decreed ‘word fast.’ He spoke only when spoken to and refused to say anything, regarding it as worthless chatter. He believed it freed him socially and liberated him emotionally. He could then choose his words wisely and speak words worth hearing.
Jesus knew the value of rest and silence. He stole away in the early morning hours to be still before His Father so He could receive direction for his day and gain strength and power.
Learn to listen. Learn to be still. The few moments spent in silence will renew your strength and may make all the difference in your day.
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV)
More devotions such as this can be found in Thoughts for Evening Time: Devotions to Ponder, available Amazon.com or a signed copy from the author on the side panel.