The noise around us is hard to avoid and is compounded by the “noise” of distraction that fills our minds. We also add to the noise by talking, sometimes a lot.
If you would only keep silent, that would be your wisdom!
Job 13:5 (NRSV)
We are designed for relationship, and a huge part of relationship is communication; but sometimes we need to stop talking. When I read Proverbs 17:28 in high school, it literally shut me up for almost a year. Realizing that much of my talking was just noise, I began to value my words, speak only when necessary, and really listen to my friends and family and to God.
Too much noise from outside or from our own lips can drown out the voice of God. To grow in our relationship with God, we need to learn to shut off the noise. Ancient believers, monks, and nuns knew that silence is a way for us to meet with God; they chose to spend days, weeks, even years without speaking with anyone except God. Maybe we need to take up this practice.
PRACTICE SILENCE: When I stop talking and listen for God, things that once seemed so important pale in comparison to the greatness of the God who loves me. This week, I hope you will make time to shut out the noise, stop talking, and listen for God’s whispers of love and peace in your life.