“Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)
Something that is sometimes thought as a weapon rather than a choice.
Have you ever had some use the weapon of “silent treatment” on you?
It drives us crazy to have this weapon used against us, because I believe this goes to a larger truth of our humanity that we are downright obstinate against. We don’t like it. Period.
Maybe go as far to say that we hate silence and there are many reasons why.
Our culture is quite use to the loudness of everything around us.
So much so that we like it and without it we are downright confused.
As a member and staff member of St. Philip’s UMC I love going to our historic chapel that we have on campus. I love sitting in this chapel all by myself. It is soothing. To sit there in that chapel, in the quiet. I have heard many things from God in that very chapel.
The point here is this is that silence is in place in times when we feel God’s presence so powerfully. Every time that I sit in that chapel alone I don’t feel alone because God is not a God that is always loud and boisterous, but one that is with us in the quiet and whispers his love and grace into our very lives. Jesus showed us this behavior as well by going to the mountains and spending quiet time with God and listen for his voice.
If Jesus the Son of God did this why do we think that we don’t have to?
So tonight before you go to bed. Spend some time in silence before God and listen to what you might hear. It just might amaze you what God has to share.