God’s silence can seem, at times, to make us feel as though He (and Christ Jesus) might be indifferent toward us in a certain situation or regarding a certain need, which can lead to frustration and discouragement. Of course, NOTHING could be further from the truth as He and Christ Jesus have a Holy Love for us that defies all human understanding and is ALWAYS present.
Please keep in mind there is, for most of us, a time for silence in prayer and in our daily activities when we approach God and Christ Jesus as well as a time to converse with thoughts and words (please reference the Post: “Pray On The Potty”). I say “for most of us” because it seems that some Christian ‘mystics’ did reach the point where they pretty much abandoned all ‘normal’ forms of prayer and/or worship.
Let’s look at a few Scriptures and excerpts which should help us to better understand how precious and beneficial this silence can be:
“But more often, God seems to prefer the silence. For instance, when Elijah was waiting for God, he expected something big, just like most of us. But God, the Bible tells us, was not in a heavy wind that crushed mountains or in an earthquake or a raging fire. Rather, God spoke to Elijah in a tiny whisper (1 Kings 19:11-13). If God spoke to Elijah like this, why not to us? In order for God to be heard, however, we must decide to be quiet in order to hear that whisper.” ( Utt oh!….I forgot where I got this quote from)
“Be still , and know that I am God” – Psalm 46:10
“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him.” Psalms 62:5
“It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” Lamentations 3:26
“Silence is God’s first language; everything else is a poor translation. In order to hear that language, we must learn to be still and to rest in God.”
— Thomas Keating quoted in The Sun & Moon Over Assisi by Gerard Thomas Straub
“Listen to God’s speech in his wondrous, terrible, gentle, loving, all-embracing silence.”
— Catherine de Hueck Doherty quoted in The Sun & Moon Over Assisi by Gerard Thomas Straub
“Nothing is so like God as silence”.— Meister Eckhart quoted in Why Not Be a Mystic? by Frank Tuoti
“Silence will illuminate you in God. . .
and deliver you from phantoms of ignorance.
Silence will unite you to God. . . .
In the beginning we have to force ourselves
to be silent. But then from our very silence
is born something that draws us into deeper silence.”
— Isaac of Nineveh, seventh century Syrian monk, quoted in The Great Escape Manual by Edward Hays
(The above 4 quotes were obtained from http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/practices/practices.php?id=28&g=1)
Keep in mind, when we are “thinking” thoughts, God and Christ cannot communicate with us….we are not that “multi-dimensional”, yet!
I may add additional scriptures or comments from time to time as I come across them.
Until later, in Christ,