Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Seeking God in Silence

Silence. It's something that's absent in our high tech, busy lives. TV, music, phones, traffic, chatter--even the drone of the refrigerator, hum of the heater/air-conditioner, the various chimes and alerts on the computer and the clacking of the keyboard--ensure we have no silence.

In 1 Kings 18 we read how the prophet Elijah had a great victory over the priests of Baal. But when Queen Jezebel heard what happened, she threatened to kill Elijah. Afraid, he ran away and hid in a cave. While he was there, a fierce, rock-shattering wind, earthquake and fire came, each in all its fury but it wasn't until these had past and the "sound of sheer silence" (1 Kings 19:12 NRSV) descended that God came to Elijah and gave him instructions on his next mission.

Thomas à Kempis was a 14th century mystic and monk remembered today for his devotional writings such as Imitation of Christ." He wrote:
"In silence and peace a devout soul makes progress and learns the secrets of the scriptures. Only in silence and peace does a devout soul find floods of tears in which it may wash and cleanse itself each night. The further the soul is from the noise of the world, the closer it may be to its Creator, for God, with his holy angels, will draw close to a person who seeks solitude and silence."*
Thomas Merton was a 20th century monk who espoused quietness and solitude. He seems to have come to the conclusion that "silence is not just a condition we cultivate in order to better hear the word of God, but that silence itself is where we find God."**

God reveals himself to us in many ways but often we're too busy and preoccupied to see or hear him. This is one reason why I enjoy my prayer room. Here I can be alone and silent. Here is where I can focus on God without distraction. Here is where I can bask in his presence and simply be, open to him.

Where do you find silence in your life?

*as quoted by Connecting with God by Renovaré, page 63.
**Connecting with God by Renovaré, page 69.


Debbie Haughland Chan said...

Pilgrim, while I agree with what you have said, I do not see its direct relevance to the post on which you were supposedly commenting. Further, it is spam when you take one of your own blog posts and paste the whole thing into the comments of another person's blog. Moreover, you run the risk of bring the Good News of Jesus Christ and his followers under ridicule by spreading it in this manner. I am deleting your comment. In fairness, I am placing a link here for those who wonder what I have deleted:

Pilgrim said...

Debbie thank you for your response. I was commenting on your title and blog post in seeking God in Silence. Most people who do not know the Lord they do not know how to seek him in silence. I thought it would be a good Idea to put one of my blog post which clearly defines how someone who is either lost or backslidden come to terms with a relationship that comes by knowing the Lord. This was my direct relevance towards your post. I am sorry, truly, if I offended you in my attempt to help somebody respond to the Lord Jesus from the silence of a impersonal god to a Personal God the Lord Jesus Christ! Again thank you for your response.

Debbie Haughland Chan said...

Pilgrim, thank you for responding. Perhaps in the future it might be more effective to give a link rather than the whole post and then to comment on how the two connect.

Blessings to you as you continually seek God's will in your life.