Listen In Silence (1 of 5) by Stephen Whitney

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Listen In Silence (1 of 5)
Series: Intimacy with the Almighty
Stephen Whitney
Ecclesiastes 5:1-3

Religious writer Henri Nouwen in The Way of the Heart wrote,
"Over the past decades we have been inundated by a torrent of words. Wherever we go we're surrounded by words: words softly whispered, loudly proclaimed, angrily screamed; words spoken,
recited, or sung; words on records, in books, on walls, in the sky;
words in many sounds, many colors, many forms; words to be heard, read, seen, glanced at; words which flicker on and off;
move slowly, dance, jump, wiggle. Words, words, words! They form the floor, walls, and ceiling of our existence.

One of our main problems is that in this chatty society silence has become a very fearful thing. For most people, silence creates itchiness and nervousness. Many experience silence not as full
and rich, but as empty and hollow. For them silence is like a gaping abyss which can swallow them up. As soon as a minister says during a worship service, Let us be silent for a few moments,
people tend to become restless and preoccupied with only one
thought: 'When will this be over?' "

Realize Who God Is Psalm 46
This is a hymn of faith that God is in control of everything
in life even when it seems like everything is falling apart.

:10 Be still, and know that I am God.
We are commanded to stop our activity and focus on God.
The call is to be silent and ponder who God is because of the
great wonders he has done to protect is his people from harm.

We are to be quiet so we can look back at what God has done
for us so we recognize and understand who God is.

Charles Spurgeon said, "In silence, let us renew our strength. Noise wears us, but silence feeds us."

What does silence do for us?
• Makes room for us to listen
• Gives us freedom to observe
• Allows us time to think

Silence is necessary if we are going to hear the voice of God.
Solomon understood that we come to know God ...

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