“Be still & know that I am God…” ~Psalm 46:10
When was the last time we truly did that? The enemy LOVES how distracted our culture has become. Taking away our silence is exactly his goal.
Being still is having an inner focus that centers on God and God alone, to a place where He is my whole universe.
“…Know that I Am God”
Truly knowing that He is God means that you live & breathe in the peace & knowledge that He is the King of your Heart.
Ask God for inner concentration, by claiming the blood of Christ as protection, by putting on the helmet of salvation to keep your mind from wandering. Then, stop any outside noise and distractions – create the perfect atmosphere for Him.
Ask Him to be your first priority – your source – living in the knowledge that without Him, you have nothing.
Silence is one of the most valuable assets we possess and everyone is after it. There is a battle for your silence, but no one talks about it. Why is silence so valuable? In the Bible, God is in the silence. God told Elijah to go out and stand on a mountain and be in His presence.
In music, a Caesura (“siˈZHo͞orə”) is a break in the composition. In conversation, a caesura is a pause or an interruption that gives way to silence. If you want to hear and feel the power of a small dose of silence, listen to any song with a break building the suspense of the climax – the pause sets up a sound you will never forget. Science has shown that such intervals are what generate intense neural activity. It is in the silence where ALL of our senses are engaged and we become alive.
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before 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 came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. ~ 1 Kings 19:11-12
Elijah heard the voice of God in the quiet, in the caesura, in the silence.
Many believe silence is a luxury. I believe silence is a gift from God designed to bridge the gap between heaven and earth. Silence prepares us and is the environment where we become fully engaged. “Engaged for what?” you may ask – that’s the great thing about silence. It’s unique and different for everyone because it is the space that allows us to hear from our Creator.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” ~Jeremiah 29:11
If silence allows us to hear those plans, we all need more of it.
As a note of caution when you venture into your own silence, remember that everything in and of this world will fight for your silence and against the truth that lies therein. Thankfully, God is in the silence & He reminds us in blunt terms:
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” ~Psalm 46:10
In the book of Genesis and elsewhere in the Bible, the Holy Spirit is referred to as a wind and a breath. Sound is air in motion. The voice of God is sound itself, everything else is just noise.
In the book of Revelation there is a scroll that reveals what will occur before and during Christ’s second coming. This scroll has seven seals and the 7th seal represents both the wrath of the Lamb and the mercy of God. When the 7th and last seal is opened, guess what follows.
“When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.” ~Revelation 8:1
Silence gets our attention, prepares and allows us to hear the voice of God.
YOUR silence is measured, fought for, coveted, packaged & sold… more valuable than gold. Everything points to the value of silence and that is why the war exists to take it away from you.
Make the effort to hear what’s in your silence. Listen to the sound of your silence.