I realized it’s been years since I’ve written anything on silence or solitude in my blog. How about you? Are you a fan of silence? Is silence something we are not too eager to be reminded of? We even might read about it but implementing it into our lives is not on our top priority list. Yet it should. It does bring blessings to our lives because in silence we meet our God. Silence is also the key to spiritual growth. How come? In silence, we let God do the talking. The Word of God changes us inside and out.
Silence is the key to spiritual growth
For God alone my soul waits in silence and quietly submits to Him, For my hope is from Him. (Ps. 62:5, AMP,*)
Charles Swindoll points out “We are commanded to stop (literally)…rest, relax, let go, and make time for Him. The scene is one of stillness and quietness, listening and waiting before Him. Such foreign experiences in these busy times! Nevertheless, knowing God deeply and intimately requires such discipline. Silence is indispensable if we hope to add depth to our spiritual life.” Spiritual growth is something we can’t produce on our own. It happens by grace when we abide in Jesus and let God do the talking.
With the words of Jim Goll “The road to true intimacy with God is an inward journey, proceeding into His Presence through the entrance gate of quietness of the soul. It is a narrow track that lies well off the beaten path, virtually unseen and ignored by the vast majority of humanity careening headlong through life.”
Let God do the talking
Silence can be hard to achieve. If it’s not other people or social media keeping our lives noisy, it is our inner voice that keeps on talking incessantly. We can ask for help to silence our minds and/or guard our tongues. Even David did so: Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips (Ps. 141:3, NIV,*). We can learn to come to God in silence. Also, we can learn to let God do the talking.
Why would we fill the air without talk when God already knows everything. And why would we not listen to God Almighty? He knows so much more than we can ever dream of knowing. If we want to follow Jesus, how can we not listen to him? Don’t we want to know what’s on his mind? How can we otherwise become like him?
What to do then? Become a friend of silence, abide in Jesus and let God do the talking. That’s the recipe for spiritual growth. The more we let the presence of God permeate us, the more we are blessed. Also, the more time we spend with Jesus, the more we grow in grace. And the more we let God do the talking, the more we get to know his heart.
Forgive us for our nonstop chatter.
We want to listen to you.
So keep our mouth shut long enough
to hear your voice.
Draw us into your presence,
show us your heart.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Are you a friend of silence? Do you let God do the talking?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you learn to enjoy silence and let God do the talking!
* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].