We live in a world full of noise and urgency. Most of the world never settles down on a day-to-day basis. We are all glued to our many devices. There was a time when the world was more settled and somewhat quieter. We have evolved as a global world and now it seems eerie to sit in silence unbothered by noise and technology.
It is as if we are bothered by the silence within us and ensuring our innermost being is doing well. If someone asked you if you were okay and really wanted to know what would you say? Have you checked in with yourself lately? Has the busy world blinded the inner you?
There is a lot to be said about silence and how powerful it is. When Jesus was getting ready to endure his crucifixion He said “Your will not mind”. When he was put on trial He said “It is as you say” (Matthew 26:64).
“And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, saying, “Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?” But He kept silent and answered nothing.
Again the high priest asked Him, saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”
Jesus said, “I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven (Mark 14: 60-62).”
Yes, Jesus was talking but it was the little He said on matters that were important and that were life-changing. We live in a world where everyone wants to be heard. Also, everyone has something to say. There are so many voices around us and within us, it can be hard to know what decisions to make.
Jesus knew the road He was called to travel. He said very little and faced what was ahead. He faced it with the assurance that His calling was too great to be busy having so much to say.
There have been times in my life when God required me to be silent and obedient. It was usually times when I needed Him to move on a situation I had gotten myself into or I needed a prayer answered. So many times in life we miss hearing God because we silence His voice. We silence Him to listen to the voices of those who are limited in helping us.
I learned the hard way that God calls us to be obedient and it is a command, not a choice. The more silent you are and have an urgency to listen to God the better it is. It is important to follow His guidance more often than not, it makes life easier.
Jesus was called and anointed to endure the cross and He understood what He was assigned to do. Do you understand the call on your life and what God may be calling you to do? Are you taking the necessary quiet time to listen to God?
“rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer”; (Romans 12:12).
Will you be patient in the storms of life? I have learned that making rash decisions due to being impatient only makes the storms we face worse. We often learn hard lessons when we don’t seek godly counsel. It is far better to wait to hear clearly from God. Patience is hard in this fast-paced world we are living in.
Everybody wants to be an instant star but the truth is everybody can’t be an instant star. Sometimes you are called to do God’s work on a smaller scale but you are still being used by God. I would rather live my calling no matter how small it may seem compared to others. This is represents maturity rather than missing God and losing my eternal rewards. I want to be doing what God requires of me.
The next time you have the urge to tell someone off, because you are upset ask God what will be the costs.
When you are seeking to run through life, without checking in on your spiritual health, remember God needs time with us. I do not care how busy the world gets, we must make time with God a priority.