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In the Silence.

Silence …..

How do you feel about the silence? What thoughts run through your head when all is quiet, very quiet? How do you react to those real quiet times? Do you try to fill the silence by turning on the t.v or radio? Is it a time when you feel the urge to put the kettle on, have a bite to eat, phone a friend or just make a noise in general?

Why?

Why are you trying to fill the silence? Does it scare you? Is there something about the silence that is frightening or that makes you feel really uncomfortable? Does it feel empty?

I could suggest that you use the quiet time to pray – but then would not your words be filling that silence? So what then would i suggest? Yes you should pray but not with words to fill the silence – LISTEN!

“Listen for i have worthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right.” (Proverbs 8:6 NIV)

Have you ever just sat in the silence and listened intently? I guess not, if it makes you feel so uncomfortable. But this is a place where you can do your searching and where you can confront your fears. This is a good place to start, when seeking God.

My advice to you today is to try to bear the silence and just listen. Be aware of your thoughts and feelings but don’t dwell on them, let them pass because this quiet time is set aside for you to listen to God. Do not grow impatient but wait for a time, patiently.

“….when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.” (Psalm 4:4 NIV)

It is a good thing to search for the truth that exists far beyond all of our knowledge. We are then humbled at the realisation of how tiny and insignificant we are and yet how gracious our God is that He would want to speak with us. How i long for you all to know His abounding love, truly i do. So again i urge you to seek and wait in the silence.

“I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore i will wait for him.’ The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” (Lamentations 3:24-26 NIV)

Do not fear for God loves you and he desires that you seek him. Persevere in your search and remember to listen!

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