Click here to listen to Pastor Nate Hall’s sermon ‘Silence’
Listen. Sometimes the hardest thing to do in the world is to do nothing, especially when the pressures of life are crashing in on you. This was true of Israel in Isaiah 30:15-18. The Assyrian Empire was invading their country and the people were afraid. God calls to them and asks them to simply trust him. Israel runs to Egypt instead.
We have the same problem, we can’t be silent and still because we live with fear and we struggle to trust God. We get frantic, instead of praying. When we finally pray, we do all the talking. But God longs for us to rest and be silent in presence. In a world full of fear and violence, he calls to us to “be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
Reflection. If prayer is a two-way conversation with God, when was the last time you sat and listened to God? If you have tried to practice silence, what was it like? Did you run into any difficulties? What could you try to overcome these obstacles? Be personal and specific.
Set Goals. Be sure to make these goals personal, specific, and realistic.
- What will you do to make sitting in silence in God’s presence a part of your daily life? What are some practical things you can try in case you get distracted or uncomfortable?
- Who is someone in your life with whom you can share your what you are learning about the practice of silence? What can you do to help them make it a part of their life?