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The Sound of Silence // Saturday, September 20

Posted: Saturday, September 20

One Year Bible reading Guide:

Isaiah 33:10-36:22
Galatians 5:13-26
Psalm 64:1-10
Proverbs 23:23

 

Verse of the day:

Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. (Psalm 62:5)

 

I have a hard time with silence. In my car I like to turn the music up so it drowns out the funny noise the engine is making. When conversations inevitably hit a lull I feel compelled to start a new topic. For a majority of my life I’ve lived a block away from I-94 so I’m comfortable with the constant hum of traffic. Yet scripture is filled with admonitions that we need to be quiet.

Lamentations 3:26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.

Isaiah 7:4 Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted

Isaiah 30:15 In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength Isaiah 30:15

I wonder if part of the reason we have difficultly being silent before God is that we are hesitant to hear him speak. Have you ever been around someone who likes to do all the talking? Depending on the situation, people do this either as a diversion tactic or a control method. When they can control the conversation, they can avoid any difficult questions from being asked or they can avert a situation where they will be challenged. Maybe we want to do all the talking because if we allow God to speak then we will have to deal with what he reveals.

I once heard someone say when it comes to prayer, is it more important that God hears us, or that we hear God? I think you know the answer to that question. Find a quiet place with God today; your soul will thank you.

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Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor

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