Mar. 31, 2019

Silence brings strength...


“If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all.” Isaiah 7:9b

I think I shared in an end-of-year blog that I would spend 2019 reviewing the Old Testament prophets. Uh, it’s almost April 1st and I’m still in Isaiah. I wish I could say it’s because I am taking my time, but the truth is I took some time off. A very wise pastor encouraged me once to make room for silence; especially when we are overwhelmed. She teaches that, when we go through tragedy or crisis, God speaks in our times of silence. Far too often, we try to cram scripture into our brain as if we are cramming for an exam. Often, the trial isn’t a test. It’s merely part of life.

I’ve taken silence seriously lately.  I think my husband is beginning to worry about me. I resigned my job a week ago. I found it difficult to fit employer expectations into a schedule so full of family needs. With fewer distractions, I took more time to be alone with God.

In my silence, He had more room to speak. When I picked up my bible again and prayed for insight, this is the verse God brought me to in my delayed-reading plan. <wink> Wow. Think about it. If I am not firm in my faith, I won’t be firm at all. In other words, the weakness I felt emotionally represented a weakness I was also feeling spiritually. I cannot stand firm in faith when my faith is shaky.

So, did my lack of bible reading create a shaky faith? I don’t think so. I think my time of silence gave God time to settle my nerves and calm my fears. When He felt I was ready and at just the right time, He gave me this verse. When I allowed myself to take a break, God did something great!