Appreciating the Silence

In our noisy, fast-food world, it becomes hard to stop and be quiet. Yet, it’s required, if you want to stand firm. I know, it’s much easier to rush in and try to solve whatever problem you face. After all, as a Christian, you know what to do, right?

As a writer, I have no problem with silence until I want a book published. When everything stands complete and I know the world waits to hear what I’ve got to say, the silence is excruciating! And yet, I wait. I’m still learning how to do it well, but at least I’m trying.

Elisabeth Elliot knew about waiting, and her advice proves sound—in the waiting, talk things over with God:

Waiting silently is the hardest thing of all…But the things that we feel most deeply we ought to learn to be silent about, at least until we have talked them over thoroughly with God.

Elisabeth Elliot, Passion and Purity

God is there, after all, in the silence. Just because you’re not getting immediate answers doesn’t mean he’s not around and willing to listen.

As the psalmist says, pour out your soul to him. That’s the value of silence—it provides the space for searching and pouring out our hearts to God.

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

Psalm 62:1-2, 8 NIV

What’s got you wavering and stamping your foot in anxious expectation? Take a seat, grow quiet in mind and heart, and wait on Him.

Grace and Peace

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