In the world that we live in today, with all its mechanical gadgets, it is not easy to enjoy a moment of silence. Whether we are at home or on the street, at work, or at a sporting event, silence has by and large become a thing of the past. In a lot of homes a radio or television set is turned on at awakening and they are not turned off until bedtime and in some cases not even then. People have become so attuned to noise that some cannot do without some sort of sound in the background. It is as if we have become addicted to noise and silence has become a commodity that is not found any more in our everyday life.
But silence can be both positive and negative. In this essay I want to look at the negative aspect of silence first. “Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain:” (Joel 2:1). In today’s politically correct world the silence from our pulpits is the greatest culprit in a moral and spiritually kaput society. The place, from which we should be getting guidance as to the moral absolutes as put forth in Scripture and the perfect Biblical guideline to governance, is so silent that it is frightful. They, the preachers, have become so politically correct that they have become totally Biblically incorrect. “My people have become lost sheep; their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains; they have gone from mountain to hill; they have forgotten their resting place.” (Jer. 50:6). “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say unto them, thus saith the Lord God unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks?” (Eze. 34:2).
You know, my friends; it was really not that many years ago that the pulpits resounded with sound Biblical teachings. When the preachers and pastors still had back bones and taught their congregations the truth according to the Bible and not as dictated now by an apostate society. They taught God’s law and the Bible’s moral absolutes without fear or wavering. In those bygone days the people had no trouble distinguishing right from wrong and black from white. They were well informed and not easily led astray. Oh! That we would return to those days, what a change that would bring. Preachers, break your silence! Go back to the Bible and teach its unfailing truths. When you chose this profession God appointed you a watchman over the flock as per Ezekiel 33:7, “So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.”
O preachers, the ones that fall under this category, repent and break your silence lest the wrath of God falls on you as per Eze. 33:8. So, be no longer quiet but shout the message of the Bible from the roof tops and let the Word and the Way of the Lord God of Israel again become a driving force in our Israel nations. Praise be to God. Don’t let your silence be heard!
There are times we should listen to the silence. “Be still, and know that I am God:” (Psa. 46:10) In this case God commands us to be still or in other words, in silence and this is so that we may commune with our God and He with us. If any have ever spent an evening in the mountains or in the desert and have looked up in awe at the splendour of the heavens, it is then that we experience the majesty of God there in that quiet moment and you can hear the silence all around you, not a silence that oppresses, but a silence that is all encompassing and peaceful. It embraces us and tells us of the infinite grandness and magnificence of our God. An inner peace flows from it that is not obtainable from any other source. It is at that time that our Lord tells us, “Be still, and know that I am God”.
Those that are mourning and in despair will often find peace and release in the moments of solitude and silence. Silence is the healer of broken hearts and spirits, for it is under those conditions that God is able to restore the soul. “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” “Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28).
In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, whether we are at home or at work, we often do not get the opportunity to contemplate on the spiritual things, but it is only when we take time to relax and become quiet that we draw closer in spirit to our Heavenly Father, and He in turn will take that particular time to talk to our soul and spirit and revive us. “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” (Psa. 23:1-3).
In silence we can reflect on our own self and contemplate our relationship with God. We do not always need many words of prayer to communicate with our Heavenly Father, but in silence He also knows our every thought. “Be still, and know that I am God” could also be stated as “Be still, and let me be God”. If we are still and quiet we will be able to hear what God has to say to us. He doesn’t need our help or our suggestions. So be still and listen. God is God and there is none beside Him.
So listen to that tiny voice when no one is talking. It is the Spirit of God.
Listen to the silence.
Editor’s Comments: As my editorial on page three suggests, we are traveling through very difficult times and Christians everywhere are under attack. Long gone are the days we could have called for a halt or a slowdown of strangers coming to our Israel nations who neither accept our God or our customs. Our inaction has stilled our voices, and we of true Israel have sunk pretty low and with our departure from God’s Commandments and Statutes we are left in a very weakened state. So, those of us who still embrace the truth must call upon the Lord’s protective wisdom from Psalm 91 and in part, utter these words often, “Because I have loved the Lord, He will deliver me, I know His Name, His Mercy, His love and kindness, When I call upon Him in trouble, He will answer me, Long life will He give me and He will lead me to His Salvation”. But we must listen intently for His answer. I like the way Bob Vermaat put it, “If we are still and quiet we will be able to hear what God has to say to us”. And in these desperate years, we need to listen intently and pray constantly for our brethren, in the high hopes that one day we will hear that collective prayer of Hosea 6:1-2 “Come and let us return to the Lord …” Thank you Mr. Vermaat for this very timely message.