Are you ever silent? Is there ever a time where you hear nothing? Nothing at all? Right now I hear the scream and squeal of klezmer music on my pandora. Let me turn it off and see what happens. Ah. My body relaxes. I realize I am hungry. I’m aware of my cat on my windowsill. Silence. What does the Word of God say about silence?
Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool when he keeps silent, is considered wise. When he closes his lips he is considered prudent. (Prudent means careful in handling practical matters, exercising judgement and good sense.)
Exodus 14:14-15 Moses said to the people, “The Lord will fight for you when you keep silent.” Then the Lord said to Moses, ” Why are you crying out to me? Tell Israel to go forward. ” (Then God instructed Moses to lift his rod over the sea and it divided)
Revelation 8:1When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
Proverbs 11:12 A man of understanding keeps silent.
Psalm 4:4 Meditate in your heart upon your bed and be still.
There are a few passages on silence. Many more passages are men begging God, “Don’t be silent!” We need to hear God speak! Why?
Why do we need to hear God speak?
Do we hear God speak today?
How can we hear God speak through His Word? Does our silence add to our ability to hear God speak?
(all scriptures are from the New American Standard Bible)