November 11 He Speaks in Silence

Scripture Reading: Psalm 42

Key Verse: Psalm 44:1

We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, the deeds You did in their days, in days of old.

One of the most precious privileges we have as believers is the privilege of hearing God speak to us. In her book No Pat Answers, Eugenia Price wrote,

We rush at God with our questions and firmly believe that He welcomes them. Indeed, I imagine He expects them. After all, no one but God knows us as we really are inside. Still, when we get back only what we, in our sorrow, fear, or panic, recognize as silence, what of that?

It may be all we can expect by way of understanding the reason for our grief, shock, or fear. Could this be where we make our big mistake? Do we fall victim to time itself? Do we rush at God in our extremity, demanding an immediate answer in understandable words, not according to God’s time schedule, but because we want our question answered now with a pat answer?

How could we expect to be able to hear the voice of God in our distress when we have long ago forgotten, or never learned, to be quiet before Him?… There is no time element involved in divine mystery, but there is silence in it. And we can’t bear silence. We fear it. The radio or TV is turned on the minute most of us enter a room. Yet we are told that the voice of God is “a still, small voice.” He waits for our inner silence before He speaks on any subject. Possibly because He wants what He says to be heard.

Dear God, teach me to be quiet—to still the noise around me, to calm my soul and spirit, to wait in Your presence. I want to hear what You have to say.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 330). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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