Day 10: Silence is Life-Giving

Genesis 23:1-24:51
Matthew 8:1-17
Psalm 9:13-20
Proverbs 3:1-6
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Pastor Commentary:

“And the man, wondering at her, remained silent so as to know whether the Lord had made his journey prosperous or not” (Gen 24:21).

You’ve probably heard the old maxim, “Silence is deadly.” That may have some truth to it, but today we’d like to propose the opposite when it comes to our prayer lives. Abraham’s servant (the Bible does not give us his name) finds a woman who appears to be the perfect candidate to fulfill his mission. He did it! Abraham sent him on a seemingly impossible errand, and the servant found a wife for Isaac. Yet before taking action, the servant does something profoundly simple: he waits and listens for God’s voice. His flesh was screaming victory, but he needed to hear the God’s voice as confirmation. We live in a busy city where it’s hard to make time for quiet prayer; but that type of prayer is of the utmost importance. In my personal experience, the voice God chooses to employ most often is the ‘still, small voice’ (1 Kings 19:12). We cannot go about our hectic daily lives and expect God to scream at us over the din and commotion of New York City; the Holy Spirit’s voice is rarely overbearing. Let’s make time, as a church, to listen for God’s still, small voice: before we act, and not after.

Prayer:

“Father, help me to trust you with everything I have, and with all that I am. Help me to make time in this busy city to listen to your voice. I know that when I wait, You will speak to me in Jesus’ Name.”

 

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