Read Ecclesiastes 4:6
6 One handful of peaceful repose
Is better than two fistfuls of worried work (THE MESSAGE)
Our world, it seems, does not value silence or quietness. We are often in a hurry, often very busy, often surrounded by noise of all varieties. We can’t avoid such things entirely, but we need to recognise they seriously hinder our relationship with a God who invites us to be still before him and be attentive to what the Scriptures term ‘the still small voice’.
It is interesting to note that in many church gatherings, an invitation to be silent is met with some anxiety. How long will it last? When will words resume? What is supposed to happen? What’s the point? Shouldn’t we be just praising God or listening to someone read and preach the Word?
Silence, for most of us, is not natural. But it is the sphere in which God may speak to us. After all the songs have been sung, the prayers have been said, the sermons been preached, the exhortations been declared, we need to allow God the chance to shape and reshape our thinking and feeling.
And this is why silence can be threatening. Will this time of quietness mean that God’s Spirit might disturb or challenge me? Will some inner emptiness be exposed? Or more deeply, am I secretly afraid of intimacy? Granted this might be true, it is worth taking the risk because it is no risk at all. The one who loves us longs to be with us in the quietness and silence.
Being with God comes before doing things for God.