When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. … He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. John 16: 13-14
Truly blessed are the ears that listen— not to the sounds surrounding them— but to the voice of Truth inside.
Watkins, James (2016-01-12). The Imitation of Christ: Classic Devotions in Today’s Language (Kindle Locations 564-571). Worthy Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Shutting out the noise of the world and learning to hear the voice of the spirit is the most valuable skill we can get. Just eliminating the world noise is of tremendous advantage. Our world is louder than ever. It seems we are addicted to noise. It’s like we can’t stand silence. We have to have the television on, even if we are not watching. We stick pods in our ears when possible. What is it we are trying to shut out?
We love the idea of the quiet solitude of the forest or mountain tops, yet we avoid every daily opportunity for silence. In silence, we can find peace and direction. In silence, the Holy Spirit can hold our attention and give guidance to our walk. In silence, we can avoid the stress and confusion production of our loud and distracting world.
Let us practice the wonder of silence. Let’s get up early and resist the temptation to turn on the television and soak in the silence. Let’s seek silent times and places. Let’s practice listening above speaking, contemplation above confrontation.
In the blessed silence, the still small voice we will hear will be the wonderful guidance of the Holy Spirit.