I will praise You, O lord, with my whole heart;
I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
Psalm 9:1 NKJV
Clearly, we live in a loud society. This is not simply a problem in some parts of the world; rather, industrialized society and fast-paced living have filled the world’s airwaves with what can only be described as “noise.” Some of the noise is useful; for example, a late-breaking news report on all channels that warns of an approaching storm. However, many things that fill our ears are practically pointless. Why is the noise there, and why do we need it?
In Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster speculates, “ One reason we can hardly bear to remain silent is that it makes us feel so helpless. . If we are silent, who will take control?” Very often, words are not only our means of communication, they are our means of control. We use words to manipulate our environment, to indelibly set our fingerprints on any given situation. If we don’t speak up, someone else will swoop in and take charge.
Sometimes, this is exactly what needs to happen. Foster continues, “If we are silent, who will take control? God will take control.” Our prayer lives are too often marked by an overabundance of talking, petitioning, and posturing. It is of extreme value to spend time daily talking with the Lord. However, it is also necessary to spend time in utter solitude before Him, allowing Him to speak to you uninterrupted. Take a moment to filter out the noise, and listen for God’s voice.
Lord, am I guilty of using my voice to control situations? Give me
the will to silence my voice so that yours can be heard and you can