Have you ever spent time in silence? I mean a good portion of time, like 15 minutes or more? This can be difficult if you’ve never tried it, but there are some great benefits to the practice and discipline of silence.
The whole idea behind the discipline of silence is stilling our souls before God. Silence means more than just not talking out loud. Silence also includes stopping all activities that distract us from focusing on God. You shouldn’t, for example, just stop talking but you should also take a break from commenting and chatting on Facebook. Unless you truly commit to it, the practice doesn’t provide the spiritual benefits we’re looking for when we embrace the discipline of silence.
This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger (James 1:19).
When we practice being silent before God, it develops an endurance in us. This allows us to listen better when we spend time with others. The endurance we develop makes it easier to sit patiently and listen when our friends need us.
The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You (Isaiah 26:3).
Silence can increase our faith. When we sit before God in silence, we have to believe that God will come to spend time with us even though we aren’t talking to Him (at least not out loud). At first, it can feel weird just sitting silently, but trust that God wants to spend that time with you even if you don’t say a word.
So He said, ‘Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD.’ And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing (1 Kings 19:11-12).
Silence enables us to hear the Lord better. The voice of God for us is not a loud booming voice that is always easy to hear. The Bible compares the Lord’s voice to a gentle wind, almost like a whisper. If all we do is talk when we are before God, how can we hear when He whispers back to us? Silence makes it easier to hear God’s voice more clearly.
When we become still and silent before God, we exalt God over our own thoughts, busyness and voice. The act of staying silent tells God that just being with Him and hearing what He has to say is enough for us. It is enough for us just to be in His presence, whether we speak or not. Our silence says to God what Samuel said in 1 Samuel 3:10:
Speak, for Your servant is listening.
PI girls, will take our inspired challenge and join us in spending some time in silence this week? Be sure to let us know how you did (just wait until you’re done and not in the middle! 🙂 ).
Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen, that you may live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you, according to the faithful mercies shown to David (Isaiah 55:3).
*Note from Nicole*
Girls, almost every night before I go to sleep I read the bible and it helps comfort me and soothe me to sleep! I encourage you to take some time before bed to read a nice book so you fall asleep with good thoughts!* I love you all!