I am not good with silence. I am not good at just sitting and being quiet. When I’m with other people, I like to talk, joke, laugh…silence is not good in a group in my mind. When I’m alone, I fill the silence with music, TV, or my own voice.
But silence is important in a Christian’s life. The Psalmist says “Be still and know that I am God (Ps. 46:10)” It is in the silence and stillness that God speaks to us.
I was reading recently about silence and I wanted to share with you some quotes that I found meaningful…
“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature–trees, flowers, grass–grow in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence…the more we recieve in silent prayer, the more we can give in our active life. We need silence to be able to touch souls. The essential thing is not what we say, but what God says to us and through us. All our words will be useless unless they come from within–words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.” Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
“Few of us can fully appreciate the terrible conspiracy of noise there is about us. Noise that denies us the silence and solitude we need for the cultivation of [our relationship with God]. It would not be hard to believe that the archenemy of God has conspired to surround us at every conceivable point in our lives with the interfering noises of civilization that, when left un-muffled, usually drown out the voice of God. One who walks with God will tell you plainly, God does not ordinarily shout to make Himself heard.” Gordon MacDonald, Ordering Your Private World
“Silence is not native to my world. Silence, more than likely, is a stranger to your world, too. If you and I ever have silence in our noisy hearts, we are going to have to grow it…You can nurture silence in your noisy heart if you value it, cherish it, and are eager to nourish it.” Wayne Oates
Silence is difficult for me, but being silent before God is a discipline I want to learn.