Listen to God as He speaks to you. He has your best interests at heart. God wants only what is best for you. He is omnipotent (all-powerful), omnipresent (everywhere at one time) and omniscient (all-knowing); three very good adjectives to describe why we should be silent and listen to Him and not to the questionable, noisy, broken chatter of this world! God knows what He is doing. We, as humans, certainly do not have the full picture regarding anything, but He does. God is there to guide us on our journey. If we would be silent and listen, we would learn God’s plan for each of us.
Do you care where you are going in this life? Do you want what is best for you? If so, then you should care what God has to say. He has so much to tell you! Are you ready to listen? If you care about what God has in mind for your life, then that alone should be reason enough for wanting to embrace the virtue of silence; to engage in silent prayer; to listen to God.
Every time we attend worship services, we gather together in our communities and we hear from Scripture. It is important that we truly “listen” to the Word of God. St. James even goes so far as to tell us so, for the salvation of our souls:
Know this, my dear brothers: everyone should be quick to hear, slow to speak…and humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you and is able to save your souls (James 1:19-20).
It is one thing to want to quiet oneself because you want to listen. It’s another thing to actually become a good listener capable of discerning what God has in mind for you. So, how do we go about practicing the virtue of silence? We’ll discuss the answer to that question in our next reflection. Don’t miss it!