Post by tomdurst on Jul 14, 2013 10:16:38 GMT -5
THE BLESSING OF SILENCE
by Thomas E Durst
by Thomas E Durst
Isaiah 55:8-9 English Standard Version (ESV)
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
We all tend to be wrapped up in our own thoughts, sometimes bordering on thinking that everything revolves around us. Most of the time we plan so thoroughly and keep so incessantly busy that we leave very little room to hear from God. This is the way of the human ego which chooses darkness instead of light. God's thoughts and His plans for us are higher "as the heavens are higher than the earth." Only as we are willing to step aside from the endless chatter that dominates our world and enter into our closet of Silence will we ever be able to hear the voice of God. I think that the neglect of or resistance to spending quality time in stillness might be a subtle form of trying to run away from the Presence of God and possibly ourselves as well. Earnest heart searching is always important. Silence will bring us to a place of facing our issues and this can be very troubling. We need set apart times of Inner Silence when we are willing to release our attachments to all of our thoughts and plans and just listen with childlike receptivity to the Voice of God. Even strong religious beliefs and being overly busy doing "the Lord's work" can be very deceptive. Every belief that we'll ever have, no matter how good it seems to be, falls infinitely short of being the absolute truth. The realization of this keeps us humble and dependent upon God for His wisdom.
"Silence is God's first language.." John of the Cross
For additional thoughts on Silence visit the link below for a series of short articles:
THE SONG OF SILENCE