Anybody who knows me, knows that I hate noise…I can’t stand it. I have been having quiet time in my home ever since I lived on my own. When family comes to visit…they must submit to one hour of quiet time…no television…no music…no noise. I thought something was wrong with me because I did not know anyone else who did this.
I love to read, write, research, draw and observe…It takes a certain type of person to enjoy doing activities that only require one participant. I’m an introvert, and enjoy my alone time. Don’t get me wrong I like people…I just don’t like listening to a whole group of them at one time. Everybody has ideas and opinions…even stories that they want to tell. I find that we are a nation of talkers…we have our fast talkers… and our smooth talkers. But I have decided to become a listener. I am learning to listen for God’s voice that speaks to my spirit. I am learning to drown out any voice that does not sound like God’s…even when it’s my own eternal voice. I want to hear when God is speaking directly to me, but I also want to know when He speaks to me through others.
“But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”
God looks upon quietness as valuable, which is why I require quietness in my life. I long to hear His voice speaking softly to my soul… and the easiest way for me to get to Him is through absolute quietness. I want to be led by the sound of His voice. So I drown out all the voices of the world by monitoring what I listen to. I once heard someone say “Whoever has your ear has your controls your future.” What that means for me is…that what I am hearing will affect my destiny. So if I’m constantly listening to society degrade women, marriage and anything holy then, “How long will it be before I begin to believe the same?” And what about listening to the advice of women who tear down their husbands and complain about how much of a burden their children are? How long will it be before I begin to do the same?
“Be not deceived; evil communication corrupts good morals.” 1 Corinthians 15:33
My goal in this season of life is to “Study to be quiet, and to do my own business, and to work with my own hands.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11
If we are to hear God speaking to our hearts through His Word, we need to pull away from the noise of the crowd. Only when we learn to be quiet can we really understand what it means to commune with God.