“For thus the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said, “In repentance and rest you will be saved, In quietness and trust is your strength.” But you were not willing,”
Isaiah 30:15 NASB
Finding the time to be silent before the Lord can often be a challenge. Many have busy schedules and lives that are not conducive to silence. Nonetheless, our Lord was very busy and yet He found a way to have some alone time with His Father (Mark 1:35).
Isn’t it interesting that we can always seem to find the time for the things that are most important to us? If there’s a project for school or work, we stay up late into the night to make sure it’s complete? If there’s a show or program we want to see, we adjust our schedules accordingly. Yet when it comes to our spiritual growth and relationship with God many refuse to adjust for that. That’s what is very striking about the last phrase of Isaiah 30:15, the people were not willing.
God always longs to be close to us. James 4:8 is clear that when we draw near to God, He draws near to us. Yet many lives are so filled with busyness and noise, so much so that God’s voice cannot be heard. This is why we must set aside times of silence because God’s voice is often a still small voice.
Silence is our friend. When we open our Bibles in silent prayer and reflection, we will hear from God. When we stop and sit at His feet like Mary is often seen doing (Luke 10:39, John 12:3), we will hear Him and worship Him. When we take the time to be silent before, even from voicing our prayers, we will begin to hear His desires and wants. The goal in silence is to hear from God and worship Him.
Do you need to adjust your schedule or life to have some alone quiet time with God?
When was the last time you felt like you “heard God’s voice”?
What is distracting and preventing you from some times of silence? What can help you get that time with God?