How Can Silence Help Solve Our Problems?

 

The following post is an excerpt from my latest book, The Way Back from Loss:

“It requires surrender to rest in God’s strength. Believe it or not it also takes practice. It requires a decision to trust God and follow in His steps—even when it seems as though what you really want is to run down the hill all by yourself.”[i] —Jill Briscoe

Today’s Verse: “Trust in, lean on, rely on, and have confidence in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before Him. God is a refuge for us (a fortress and a high tower). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that].” (Psalm 62:8 AMP)

Selah. It’s a word, according to Easton’s Bible Dictionary, that’s found seventy-four times in Scripture. While there’s not an exact meaning of the word, most scholars agree that it should be interpreted to mean “silence” or “pause.” Others render it as meaning “end.”

David tells us to trust in God and to pour out our hearts to Him. Can you remember the last time you spent a significant amount of time pouring out your heart to the Lord? I’m not talking about the rigid schedule of daily devotions or through-the-Bible-in-one-year type of time. I’m talking about crying out to the Lord from the seeming end of the earth.

What does it take to do that? Selah—a pause and silence. An end to distractions and a beginning of letting go and allowing God to work by Himself on your challenges.

Do you think God is interested in your problems? Do you believe He’s able to help you overcome any trial? In loss we must surrender to Him completely, focusing on His awesome power and faithfulness to provide His strength and refuge. In God’s hands, our problems aren’t roadblocks but opportunities to develop a more intimate and dynamic relationship with Him so He can give us refuge and place us in His fortress.

It all starts with Selah.

Selah creates space for us to pour our hearts out to Him. Like a dam full of water bursting forth, we are to pour out our thoughts, feelings, and fears to Him. He’s there.

When we are silent and pause, when our souls have been poured out before Him, when we are the most vulnerable, He is there to embrace us in His love. He’ll hold us to His heart and we’ll find that He is truly our strength and refuge. Selah.

INSIGHT: God is interested in solving our problems. We, however, need to pause and be silent, and completely trust in Him and in His strength and refuge.

PRAYER: Set aside a specific time every day for silence and a pause (Selah). Pour your heart out to God. Nothing is too trivial or too overwhelming to Him. He wants to hear your needs and He wants to take you to a place of refuge and peace. Ask Him for the road map and thank Him for who He is and His unending love, affection, and peace.

LIFE CHOICES:

  • Study Isaiah 50:10, 5, Jeremiah 17:10, and Revelation 22:12. What does it mean for God to try our hearts? How does taking time to pause and be silent help us see His heart? Our own hearts? How do you want Jesus to find your heart?
  • Understand the power of pausing. Know the power in silence before God. It’s not simply the absence of words, but the attitude of fully giving Him your time, your mind, and your heart.
  • Discover the beauty and peace of Selah. Habakkuk 2:20 says, “Let all the earth keep silence before Him” (NKJV). Come to discover the power of His voice. It is through your silence and your ability to pause that God will speak and put you in His refuge.

 

[i] Jill Briscoe, Spiritual Arts: Mastering the Disciplines for a Rich Spiritual Life, (Grand Rapids, Zondervan, 2007), e-Book edition.

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