Ecclesiasties 5:1-2. Silence.
Guard your steps when you go to the house of God; to draw near to listen is better than the sacrifice offered by fools; for they do not know how to keep from doing evil. Heb they do not know how to do evil Never be rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be quick to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven, and you upon earth; therefore let your words be few.
I’m sure you have noticed my recent contemplation on silence and words. Often when we enter the presence of God, we don’t experience Him. When we have a time of prayer, often we feel good about it if we have turned an attractive phrase or invoked a dominant emotion.
The times in which we choose to speak and the words we choose often give us a good glimpse at what frightens our core being. Our speech often attempts to project a more perfect image onto our insecure souls. God doesn’t always have the privellage of being exempt from our “word casting.” What if we were to be quiet when we felt the urge to speak welling up from our brokenness? What if we were to be quiet when we were in the presence of God? Would it be easier for Him to penetrate our inner core without having to dodge our word-walls?
“Take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body but it makes great boasts.” James 3:4-5
Though through prayer and godly talk we attempt to seek God, our words can steer us directly away from God.
Have you experienced the sound of God’s voice without the clanging of your own? Have you peeled away the layers of your faith to let God into the core?