Silence Before Him

November 9, 2021

Silence Before Me

Isaiah 41:1

Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew [their] strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment.

               One of the most difficult areas for us to come into relationship with our God is in the area of silence.  It is hard for us to be still and wait.  We are used to activity and chatter.  Most of our ideas of worship are involved in going somewhere, listening to somebody, reading someone’s book, watching Christian programming or coming to God in prayer while we do all of the talking.  We rarely take time to just listen and meditate.  We’re like the cat on the hot tin roof.  We don’t know how to be still.  We are so used to high gear and rushing through life with all of it flurry of activity and demands that we never take the time to get silent before the Lord.  We need to pencil that into our appointment books, for it is essential to our really hearing what the Lord has to say to us.  In your prayer time, have a pencil and paper.  Listen and write down what He speaks into your heart.

               Habakkuk 2:20 tells us, “But the LORD [is] in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.”  We have become so busy in an idolatrous world, where our confidence is in those things which cannot speak and have no breath that we don’t take time to listen to Him that does.  Today the Lord is speaking to us to begin to take the time to be silent before Him.  Meditate on His Word.  Ponder His majestic glory and wondrous ways.   Who can say what the Lord wants to speak into your life and how will you know if you don’t take the time to be silent before Him.  Rise up and enjoy the sunrise with Him, take a walk with Jesus, spend some time in the swing watching His sunset and enjoying the stillness of an evening.  Get alone with the Lord, be silent and listen.  The Holy Spirit has much to say, much to teach you and can only begin to reveal insight into your life if you are silent before Him.  Psalms 4:4 encourages us, “Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.”  Psalms 46:10 commands us, “Be still, and know that I [am] God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”  When God truly does speak then we can be assured that all the world will stop to listen.  Right now, He is speaking in a still, small voice.  That is where we want to learn to hear Him, not in the thunder of judgment, but in the house of prayer.  We are His sons, His workmanship, created for His glory.  Doesn’t He desire to speak into us that which concerns Him and that which concerns our lives in Him?  Be still, listen and be silent before Him.

Blessings,

#kent

Be still and know that I am God
Psalms 46:10
Be still, and know that I [am] God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

One of the most difficult things for us to do in our busy lives with all of its demand is to really be still before the Lord. Even in our prayer life, don’t we tend to want to say our peace to God and then move on? Most times we don’t want to take the time just to be still in His presence, to listen for His voice and meditate on His wonder and greatness. Psalms 4:4 says, “Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah”
We tend do with God what many of us are guilty of doing with our loved ones, “I would really like to talk with you about it, but I’ve got to run. Maybe we can talk later.” Is that similar to the words that come out of our mouth sometimes? It is often really hard for us to be still, but until we do, we often don’t really hear the things we need to hear. Ecclesiastes 9:7 says, “The words of wise [men are] heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.” Even in our human and family relationships, we don’t really hear their hearts until we are willing to take the time to really interact with them and listen to them. The greatest mysteries, the greatest truths, the revelations we receive are most often heard in the quite and still places. Those are the places and times when our minds are at rest and peace and we take time just to listen and focus. We all really need that time every day with our God and with each other to stay in tune and in touch with the ones and the One we really love. Perhaps one of the reasons we don’t want to sit and be still is because, even subconsciously, we are running away from facing issues or confrontations or unpleasant dealings we really don’t want to deal with. Maybe the reason those things even exist in the first place is because we don’t take the time on a regular basis to talk, heart to heart, on a human and a God level. We want the quick fixes of our present society and culture to handle our relational problems, but they don’t. They still take the investment of our time and our true heart to really deal with them effectively.
Our lives are incredibly busy and full, but we need to set aside those times every day when we can just be still and know that God is God and be able hear, should He wish to speak to us. More than likely He is speaking to us, or at least trying to throughout our day, but we aren’t tuned in to see and hear Him working in our lives and circumstances. The way we get ears to hear, eyes to see and a heart that is tender before the Lord, is to be still and really know that He is God in our lives. Don’t neglect the valuable time it takes to get quiet and be still before the Lord.

Blessings,
#kent

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