Saturday, November 11, 2017
When is There Ever Silence?
She didn't text. He didn't respond. They never replied. No one answered. Silence often makes us feel uncomfortable, rejected, unworthy or forgotten. And yet, so often I crave it. I find, however, that in my silent moments, sometimes I hear my longing to hear and be heard.
Silence can paint a colorless picture or an expectant atmosphere. In silence we speak.
There is only one time recorded in scripture of silence in heaven. Rev 8:1 "And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour." Can you imagine the anticipation? Can you imagine the stillness? All praise and song and worship stopped for the first time in eternity! The Lamb of God is about to open the seventh and last seal. The first six do not bring silence, but the seventh does. That is the silence of hope for the redeemed.
Most know the curse of being silenced. There seems to be an outpouring today of taking back what was stolen and the raising of voices. This also brings confusion, speculation and an onslaught of opinion and argument. Sometimes I just run for a silent place to hide for awhile.
There are times to use your voice as well as times to keep still. Ps 31:18 "Let their lying lips be silenced, for with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous." I cry that along with the Psalmist, especially if I am the 'they'. This one thing I know, that God is never silent in His love, even when I am deaf to it.