• “God then opened my eyes to the great truths of the New Covenant that He had established in Christ. He showed me that He had given me the power of the Holy Spirit so that I would not live for myself anymore, but only for Him.” – Annie Poonen

The Need for Silence by Elisabeth Elliot

It is always easier to add to the noise of the world than to be silent. Silence is a very precious thing–“There was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour” (Rv 8:1 AV), when the seventh seal was opened in the Book of the Revelation. Thunder and horses and martyrs and earthquakes had preceded the opening of this seal. Hail, fire, blood, and fearful judgment followed it–but in between, angels stood in the presence of God and there was utter silence.

Have we learned to stand in God’s presence, mouths shut, hearts open? “Lord, what do you want me to do?” We must be quiet in order to know Him and to hear Him and to hear Him answer us.

“If any of you lack wisdom let him ask his friends.” No. That is not the Word of the Lord. “If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God” (Jas 1:5 AV) is his Word to us. There is a place for asking wisdom of godly friends, but let us always go first to God.

“Be still”–that is, shut up–“and know that He is God” (Ps 46:10 AV).

 

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