I’m told that when people are stopped at a redlight, they resent the 45 seconds of quietness and feel they must fill the void with texting.
In quietness and confidence shall be your strength
Be still, and know that I [am] God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalms 46.10
Young people today get on a cell phone and rattle away so fast that the listener misses about half of what they say. Maybe, for them, talking is about taking turns making noise and not about the communication. After all, televisions sets are used as decoration to cover up our loneliness and the fact that no real relating is going on. Why not fill the void with chatter to decrease the sensation of loneliness.
Slow down! We need to be quick to listen and slow to speak. James 1.19 When we speak – slow down. After all, talking is about getting an idea out of my head and into someone else’s head and has little to do with having “said my piece>” I need to make sure I have heard them and they have heard me. When I am finished, I ask them to share what they have heard me say.
For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall
ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not. Isaiah 30.15.
I would love to go to a cabin in the woods and take a pen paper and Bible and just listen. It would probably drive me crazy for a while, as my life is so full, but I’m sure it would make it easier to hear the Lord and get to know Him.that was wise or honest or helpful. It is important to speak softly and gently. The Bible says that a soft answer turns away anger. Proverbs 15.1 .
I am not talking about eastern meditation where one empties himself and goes blank inviting the universe to impart wisdom. This type of meditation invites unwanted spirits to distract and deceive us. Instead, we are to meditate ON a question a verse a need or on the nature of God.
Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.Psalm 1:2But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night Psalm 77:12I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. 1 Timothy 4:15Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
Life used to have vast spans of boring emptiness which we either wasted in a blank trance or spent time meditating. Now life has constant empty noise and entertainment.
Twenty years ago a Detroit paper paid a large sum to 20 families to agree to watch no TV or listen to radio for one month. They never did this again because 6 families decided to divorce when they found that they actually had nothing in common. The rest all swore that life was better with less TV and promised to watch less. When the paper revisited them a year later they were all watching as much or more than before.
We are truly addicted to a rushing flow of information we could live without but the only hope of regaining our minds and our time is quietness focused on the Lord and asking him to help us return to our first love where we could think only of him and the wonder of his love for us. We might also benefit from obtaining support from family or friends to let us talk about progress and the struggle and to keep us accountable.
BE STILL AND KNOW: FILL THE VOID WITH NOISE AND KNOW NOT!