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Shut up! Stop talking! Slow down! For God's sake! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Sunday, 16 October 2011 14:11

I expend a lot of effort just about everywhere trying to zone out noise.  That definitely includes restaurants. It seems we usually get seated (often at a small table for two small people!)  in high traffic locations or near serving stations or in the pathway in and out of the kitchen (and this means I usually upset the hostess or server by requesting we be moved elsewhere).  Wherever we sit, there are usually noisy patrons and always the ubiquitous, pervasive to-the-point-of-painful loud music surrounding us.  Where can we find a medium-priced restaurant to enjoy a quiet meal with good conversation without such distractions?  In church, too. people seem unable to stop talking, even using their cellphones like the man behind us this moring.  Our Church offers Holy Communion every week.  It is very important to me and I look forward to it- actually the main reason that we attend the Service. But it is almost impossible to have a quiet Meal with the Lord and enjoy a time of meaningful conversation with Him during it because of distractions, mostly from parents with small chlldren who have no understanding of what Communion is about and from others who are just in a rush to "do it" and get on to other matters. 

And then, on our way to church or anywhere else during the week, people everywhere push and shove me either in person or with their vehicle on the road in their hurry to get somewhere.  Even in the aisles of the supermarket.  Why is everyone in such a rush?  addicted to speed?  to the adrenalin rush of traffic? Seriously overscheduled?  Late from poor planning?  I daresay there are many Christians acting in these ways, for all these reasons- literally following the crowd and conforming to the world. I confess I, too, am sometimes guilty of this behavior.  It is not Scriptural!

Listen to what Scripture says about being silent-

Ecclesiastes 4:6 Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind.

Eccles 9:17 The words ... heard in quiet are better than the shouting ... among fools.

Isaiah 30:15 For thus said the Lord GOD, ... "In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength." But you were unwilling,

Isaiah 32:17  the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness

Psalm 62:1 For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.

1 Thess 4:11 aspire to live quietly

2 Thes 3:11  we command [persons] in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly 

1 Tim 2:1 I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 ... that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior

1 Peter 3:4 a gentle and quiet spirit in God's sight is very precious.

Christians absolutely must cultivate the practice of silence- at least periods of silence every day.  It is absolutely necessary to our spiritual lives- to hearing the Spirit of the Lord for his instruction and guidance in all things.  Being on the go, always on the run, being hurried and harried, is not the lifestyle for Christians!  Having a noisy, chaotic lifestyle means we missing out on a deeper life with the Lord and and peace within. 

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