Finding Silence

After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. -1 Kings 19:12 NIV

“Silence is especially challenging. Right now, close your eyes and listen. What sounds do you hear? My furnace kicked on. I hear video games upstairs and kids talking as they play together. A snow blower hums outside. When was the last time you took a half hour, an hour, or part of a day to be quiet? When did you last silence your mind, quiet your heart, toss the to-do list, turn off the devices, and just let your brain be quiet?

You fill every minute of every day with stuff. Tweets to tweet. Posts to like. Texts to answer. Calls to make. E-mails to write and answer. Work. Work. Work. When do you ever reflect? Listen? Be still?

God urged us through the Psalmist to “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10). When the Lord spoke to Elijah, it was through a gentle whisper (1 Kings 19:12). God warned Israel through the prophet Isaiah, “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it” (Isaiah 30:15). What might you be missing by not being quiet and still? What peace might you gain by listening?”

(By Amelia Rhodes,

Prayer Focus

  • Pray for God to show you ways you can be silent in Him.
  • Trust that God will speak to you and comfort you in your times of silence.
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