The power of silence is more powerful than being technologically available 24/7. Jesus often drew away to a quiet place in the midst of noise, hurry, and crowds (Luke 5:16, Mark 6:31,32); a time to pray, focus, rest, and set priorities in order. When we disconnect from the unholy trinity we improve our mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health;. We’re able to listen to what our holy and righteous God has to say to us personally in His Word; we’re able to know Him better (Psalm 46:10), pray more effectively—not just a generic prayer (Matthew 6:5-15), and we’re able to learn how to wait patiently for Him to act rather than fret and devise our plan (Lamentations 3:25-28).
Hearing God's Voice in Times of Silence
“I know the Lord is speaking to me when I stop listening to sounds from the world that feed my sense of pride and ambition. Instead, I fall quiet. . . and sometimes the Spirit speaks, awakening my conscience, reminding me of failures, stirring my compassion and sense of justice, aligning me with God’s will.”
Yancey recognized that God’s voice always aligns with God’s Word and His will. If the “still, small voice” we’re hearing approves a selfish plan over one that glorifies God, we’re not hearing from the Lord.
God's Voice vs. Satan's Voice
God’s voice leads you while Satan’s voice pushes you.
God’s voice reassures you while Satan’s voice frightens you.
God’s voice enlightens you while Satan’s voice confuses you.
God’s voice encourages you while Satan’s voice discourages you.
God’s voice comforts you while Satan’s voice worries you.
God’s voice calms you while Satan’s voice stresses and obsesses you.
God’s voice convicts and forgives you while Satan’s voice condemns you.