Moment of Silence
Have you ever been in a service where they were going to take some time in silence before God? Most leaders can’t do it. They set up the time to be quiet and proceed to talk all the way through it.
As someone in the congregation, it is distracting. I find when I try to be still, focus and listen, the leader’s constant instructions interrupt me. In the end, there may be 5 minutes to talk through how we will be quiet and a couple sets of 30 seconds each where we are truly quiet with more instructions in the middle.
Finding Space Among the Noise
I understand the difficulties these leaders are facing. It is not how we live our lives. Getting quiet goes against the constant flow noise we give ourselves through the internet, television, music, or conversations. Even moments that once were a place of silence, we now entertain ourselves with our phones.
Busyness threatens our communion with God. We never allow ourselves to settle down to get alone with our God. It’s not that we don’t have quiet times; we just don’t stop long enough for God to break through the noise.
God may meet with us through sermons, reading Scripture, or worship music, but it takes discipline to stop and compare God’s truths with our inner dialogue. Those inner thoughts subtly guide our decisions and actions. If we don’t know what they are, we don’t know whether they are from God.
Meditating on Scripture
The Bible talks about the discipline of meditating on Scripture. This is when we take a truth from God and allow it to linger in our thoughts. We gain a greater insight in its impact and allow it to grow deeper into our hearts and motives.
Meditation happens when we quiet our surroundings. We limit the other noises to get alone with God, His word, and our thoughts. We can identify areas of unbelief and make corrections in our thinking. Without that stillness, we miss being able to make those deeper connections.
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God Speaks in the Silence
It is when we quiet our hearts we can hear the voice of God. God is constantly speaking, but He longs for relationship. He is not screaming His truths to a people who don’t appreciate them. He is looking for His beloved ones to lean into to Him long enough to hear the whispers.
At times, I will turn off the radio in the car. I may chose not to pull out my phone while in the waiting room. Or, I will go to a meeting early to sit alone in the room before it starts.
It takes intentionality to close off outward distractions. Close your eyes, clear your mind, silence your lips, and let God speak.
As we practice getting quiet before God, we will start to hear Him everywhere. God loves to speak to you. You are precious to Him. He wants to lead you into the life everlasting.