God reminded me of truth recently. Fretting out loud to people shows I don’t trust God.
As a result God issued to me a “vow of silence” when it comes to two people I love and the difficulties they’re going through. I’m not to discuss their situation with them or anyone but the Lord until He intervenes.
One verse that jumped into my mind is Isaiah 30:15.
…in quietness and in [trusting] confidence shall be your strength” (AMP)
Finally I’m learning that too much talk makes matters worse. When I can’t be silent about flaws in the spiritual lives of loved ones and feel the need to discuss these with each of them and with others at length, this shows I don’t think God’s going to do anything to deal with these issues, so I must. Somehow this hinders God’s work.
Another verse that comes to mind when I think about silence and the Lord is Psalm 62:1
For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation. AMP
I remember first reading this verse in relation to my marriage at one of those moments when I felt “this marriage can’t be saved.” Silence did work wonders then.
Psalm 62:5 is a verse to reiterate to my soul the importance of waiting silently for the Lord to intervene.
My soul, wait only upon God and silently submit to Him; for my hope and expectation are from Him. AMP
In the New International Version of the Bible, there’s no mention of silence but the word “rest” is there.
“My soul finds rest in God alone.” Psalm 62:1
“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone.” Psalm 62:5
Could this be the key to finding rest for my soul–to wait silently for God instead of fretting and formulating plans to change the course of events around me with my own strength and wisdom? Is it possible that peace will settle over me as I give up talking incessantly about the trials and tribulations in my life and in the lives of those I love?
I’m discovering when I’m silent and waiting patiently for the Lord, it honors Him because it shows I trust Him. The opposite is when I tell people about my problems or the “problem people” in my life because I want an answer from them. I feel God’s taking too long, so I want a person to give me a solution—now. Sometimes I’ve gone to counselors and expected that. A good counselor keeps me from depending on him or her for answers but helps me to stay vitally connected to God, so I can continue to receive from Him.
When I fail to be silent as the Lord instructs I do damage to the relationships in my life, but I also do damage to my relationship with the Lord. And I lose the peace God has for me because I’m keeping my mind on my problems instead of on Him. Isaiah 26:3 reminds me:
You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind…is stayed on You. (AMP)
I’m seeing I need to develop this discipline of silence first before the Lord. It’s important to take time to be silent in prayer rather than speaking all the time. I so easily slip back into this. How ludicrous that I can think even for a moment that my words are more important than His—that telling Him is more vital then Him telling me?
Are you willing to develop the discipline of silence? Ask the Lord how to proceed. I believe God has rich blessings for us as we embrace this whole concept of silence.
Lord, help us to be silent about the things You want us to entrust to You. Help us to pray instead of say. And when we’re praying let us take time to be silent and wait before You and for You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.