Be silent or speak

By Dave Henning / November 7, 2015

Today Bill Hybels discusses a second season Solomon mentions in Ecclesiastes 3, specifically Ecclesiastes 3:7, where Solomon says there is ” a time to be silent and a time to speak.”

2.  Be silent or speak.  Due to the frenzied pace of our culture, the decibel level in our head makes it very difficult to “hear God’s quiet whispers of encouragement, guidance, or correction.”  Each of us needs a time of silence when we can give God our full attention.

At other times, we may sense God nudging us to speak us.  Pastor Hybels emphasizes that we can’t excuse ourselves from responsibility by thinking it’s not our place to say anything or want a friend to feel judged.  Our silence may create a new set of dilemmas more challenging than deciding whether or not to speak up.  Even if things don’t go well when we speak up, we still can know we did the right thing and were obedient to God’s whisper.

Bill concludes that it’s vital to simplifying your life to identify your current season:

“It equips you to be more fully present and engaged.  It brings a single-minded clarity to your days.  You are more likely to notice God’s active hand, to learn the lessons He has for you, and to maximize the character development, wisdom, and spiritual growth opportunities that each season holds.”

Today’s question:  How are you intentional in setting aside a time of silence with God?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “A reason for every season”

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