Silence is Deadly

I was driving home last night with my radio up and windows down.
I don’t know what it was, but I had this thought…

I often turn up the volume to drown out the noise.

I think we all do.

We realize that if all is silent around us, there’s nothing to do but listen and reflect.

So, we turn up the noise around us so we won’t have to face reality,
so we won’t have to think about our faults.

We turn up the volume to drown out the voice of God and the noise of our convictions.

When all is quiet around me, I start to reflect on myself.
My short-comings.
My insecurities.
My mess ups.

So, last night I rolled the windows up and turned the radio down and listened to God.

Sometimes, we have to turn down the volume and allow God to help us see where we mess up.

Today, turn down the volume.

Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God;…

17 Comments

  1. Wow. This is really good man. This is something that I’ve recently been dealing with and recently written about. I agree with you. When we are afraid what we might here.

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  2. Shantelle Harsey

    Dude, reading this I was reminded that Elijah did not hear God in the earthquake or the fire but instead He heard Him in the “still small voice”.
    This is awesome, thanks for the reminder ~ think I’ll turn it down at lunchtime :-)

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  3. Kim

    That is so so true. All the white noise in the world will only block the sound for so long. I have been there and done that. But I’ve also felt the real peace of being still and listening.

    Great post!

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  4. I always liked the Switchfoot song that says, “If we’re adding to the noise, turn off this song.”

    There’s something about silence that can be so unsettling. I need to be reminded regularly of how necessary it is. Thanks for the reminder!

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  5. New to your blog Jonathan, but thanks for posting this. The days that I’ve royally screwed up are the days when I want to blare the music even louder because it drowns out that still, small voice that’s gnawing away at my heart.

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