Listen to hear God

Do you ever get tired of noise? All kinds of noise make me have anxiety.

Many voices compete for our attention these days. The demands of employment, family obligations and other activities seldom leave a quiet time in our busy schedules.

The busy-ness of the day has a way of dominating the mind at bedtime and lessens sleep.

Noise pollution has been known to destroy one’s hearing. I’ve been told that talkative people have higher blood pressure than those who talk less.

I often see signs in doctors’ offices that read “relax.” This is humorous to me because it’s hard to relax in a doctor’s office waiting for test results or a certain diagnosis. Yet finding a quiet time in our thought life is of utmost importance for our bodies and souls.

Keeping silence restores inner peace. After all, life can only be lived one day at a time. We can only wear one thing at a time. We can only accomplish a task one at a time, and it takes some silence, especially if you have a deadline project going.

I can only talk to one person at a time. Whoever said, “Silence is golden,” realized a great truth. Wrong words hastily spoken cause many wounds. Words carefully chosen bring harmony.

I complained to a pastor one time that I never hear the voice of God. He replied, “No wonder. You talk too much.” I agreed with him. I do most of the talking when I pray, so I am trying to do better. I cannot hear God’s voice unless I relax and try to listen.

In 1 Kings 19:11-12, Elijah discovered a lot about God’s voice: “… Then a very strong wind blew until it caused the mountains to fall apart and large rocks to break in front of the Lord. But the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake, there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. After the fire, there was a quiet gentle sound.” (NCV)

Elijah learned that God’s soft gentle whisper is in the heart of a humbled soul.

I cannot hear God’s voice unless I relax and try to listen. Neither can I find peace or guidance unless I keep silent before God and wait on him.

Great productivity arises from keeping silence before God in prayerful meditation.

Psalm 46:10 states: “Be still and know that I am God.” I love to be in the country at dusk. No noises can be heard. The setting sun is a spectacular sight, and if you’re still enough, you realize God is putting nature to bed. It is an experience in silence. It is so silent you can hear it.

When our granddaughters were small, they learned to hear the silence. “Now close your eyes, be still and listen,” I said.

“I hear it! I hear it!” they exclaimed, and they still like to “Be still and know …”

I love to read Isaiah 32:18: “And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.”

I am specifically designating quiet time before God to maintain equilibrium and balance in a restless world. Maybe you can find a quiet place in your busy day … a place where you can focus your mind on God and let his peace minister to you. Keep silent before him. You will find a blessing. It’s a beautiful gift.

“Be still and know that he is God.”