Control. Frequently, from a spiritual perspective, control is a word with negative connotations, when discussing silence – it’s full of positive meaning. We’re called to bridle our tongue, to keep our religion from being worthless (James 1:26). We’re to keep corrupting talk, complaints, gossip, tearing down others…from coming out of our mouth (Ephesians 4:29, James 3:2-10, Colossians 4:6).
Practicing silence practices control. To be silent, for extended periods of time – voluntarily, on purpose, with a spiritual goal in mind – sounds easy, but it requires as much or more energy as any other discipline we will study. Silence is hard; it leaves us without distraction…problems and pains we’ve tried to avoid can bubble up to the surface. Not something many of us want to have happened, but it’s a way to bring them to the forefront so you can allow God to work with you on your healing. Disciplines, any of them, have an element of effort and struggle…if they didn’t we wouldn’t be growing. The work God does on us purifies our hear and in the process purifies our words – out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45).
Putting it into practice: Spend at least fifteen minutes a day in complete silence. Use that time to meditate on God, to pray and lift up hurts that may “catch up” with you when you’re no longer squelching them – this doesn’t include scripture reading time. In your silent times, your prayer times, and your meditation times seek wisdom from God (James 1:5), wisdom to know when to speak and when to remain silent (Ecclesiastes 3:7).
Today in Prayer
Capturing Thoughts & Words: Psalm 62:1
- Pray for more wisdom and discernment in capturing our thoughts before we turn them into words.
- Pray that all our words are spoken in truth and love, and that this becomes our habit.
“Godliness, therefore, involves learning when you shouldn’t talk as well as when you should.” ~Donald S. Whitney