Friday, June 29, 2007

The Power of Silence...

"Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, 'Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.' " (Mark 6:31).

Here in the United States, where money is king, hard work expected, and anything less looked as "laziness," it is all to easy to forget the importance of solitude. I confess, I struggle daily to find the silence and solitude that my soul so desperately needs. During the weeks I fail to find this time, it shows in my shortness with others (especially my wife). On the flip side, when I manage to find this time, I can feel it breathe life into my soul and this, too, shows.

It is no coincidence that in 1 Kings 19, when God speaks to Elijah, it is in a "gentle whisper" and not in the fire, the wind or the earthquake.

I have found it to be true that "God is a gentleman" in how he relates to me. What I mean is that God rarely, if ever forces His will on me. Instead, He shows me and waits for me to make the move. He speaks and waits for me to listen. He promises and allows me to find Him. This is the walk of faith and trust.

So what's the point of all this? Simply put; if God speaks in whispers, and further He relates to us as a gentleman, then it follows that we must create time and space in our lives to hear His whispers and follow His "gentlemanly" nudgings. QUESTION: do you have space in your life to hear the "whispers" of the Holy One?

Challenge: The challenge for each of us is to find the time and space in our lives to hear God. It is imperative for our soul's survival. What if you went to a doctor and he told you that unless you stop drinking coffee, you will die within the year. What would you do? In the same way, crowding out solitude and silence from our lives will significantly shorten our soul's survival. I can think of no darker place to be then to be "physically alive" but "dead in the soul."

Feed your soul - follow Jesus' command and "get away" to rest and commune with the God who loves you so much.


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The Silbermans said...

Mike, thank you so much for introducing me to "Worship Matters." As I read the posts, I was extremely blessed! You are a WORSHIPPER! You are doing a great job at expressing your heart of Worship to the world (In reference to your post, "let your 'worship' testify). God bless you!!!