Silence. Most people don’t like it. We cringe at the sound of silence. We feel like it is awkward or we feel like something is wrong if it is silent. But silence truly can be a good thing. We take exams in silence. Some people study in silence. Most people sleep in silence.

In my counseling course in graduate school, we were taught that silence is a sign that the client is processing something. We were told not to ruin progress by messing with silence. We were taught to use the silence for the good of the session and for the good of the client. It was hard observing peers or even sitting in silence in mock counseling sessions, but we were being trained to be comfortable in the silence.

In law school classes, silence is actually encouraged. When a professor asks a student a question, the student does not always answer right away. Sometimes we sit in silence waiting for someone to speak because they are looking for the answer or gathering their thoughts. Trust me; it’s much better than saying nonsense just to fill the silent air and then ending up looking foolish in front 100 other people. Professors do not chide students for taking time and causing a silent episode in the class. Several times my professors have said, “Go ahead and look through page #. The answer is there.” And we all respect that. We wait, in silence, because we know it’s only fair.

But in our walk with God, silence seems to be deafening. We wonder what is going on. We wonder if He heard us. We wonder if we even said the right words. We wonder if it means there’s something wrong with us! Not always. We need to believe that in the silence God is working. People work in silence (usually) and so it is with God. We need to believe that if we get silence from God, it is a sign that He is at work in us, through us, around us. What we can do in the meantime is allow Him to work and use that time to reflect and grow into who He wants us to be. It doesn’t mean we don’t check in with Him. It doesn’t mean we forget all about things. It doesn’t mean we give up. We praise Him instead and believe that He is working for our good, in the silence.

Therefore the Lord waits [expectantly] and longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed (happy, fortunate) are all those who long for Him [since He will never fail them]. Isaiah 30:18 (AMP)


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