by: Rich Vaughan
As you look at the title today for my devotion you might be thinking of the original “Sound of Silence“ song by Simon & Garfunkel that came out in the early 1960’s, or the 2015 rendition by the band, Disturbed, or the most recent version by the acapella group, The Pentatonic. But that is not what I am talking about.
I am talking about those moments for pastors and laity alike when our Lord’s voice seems silent. When we are desperately searching and listening for HIS voice and all we seem to hear is the sound of silence.
But the Lord is not silent. He speaks all around us. He speaks through scripture when we take the time to open our Bibles. He speaks through devotions when we read them with a hunger to hear what the Lord is saying and not as a duty to mark off another obligation done. He speaks through music from wonderful old hymns and gospel songs to the most modern contemporary Christian songs out there today. Are we listening? I guess it is hard for us to hear the Lord because of the times and chaos we live in.
We have been though a trying time lately as Christians, and in particular, in the church I am currently serving. We have had too many funerals of too many wonderful people. We have seen our youth struggling with the isolation of virtual school without the opportunities for social time with friends. We sense our older members struggling with quarantine, verses being able to get out. We have seen divisions because of politics. Many think that the Lord is quietly sitting on HIS throne just watching, but that is not the case.
I took some time today and walked into our sanctuary. I knelt at our altar and I sat in a pew. I talked to the Lord and listened. There was no blinding flash, no booming voice, not even a “still small voice”, yet the Lord was there. You see, I have heard the sound of silence and, when I do, there is burning inside of me. There is a deep hunger to hear HIS voice as I prepare sermons or Bible studies, as I try to comfort families, and help our youth, or think about our senior citizens. The Lord is speaking today through HIS church, through HIS music and through HIS words (Bible/Devotions/Bible studies). Stop, look and listen, you too will hear HIM and when you do, the world will become a better place.
Amen & Amen.