Silence Bites the Dust

October 6, 2010 at 8:53 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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God created for men a huge planet on which to live. It is estimated that the surface area of Earth is approximately 196,935,000 square miles. Even though about 70% of this is ocean, that still leaves approximately 57,500,000 square miles of dry land. However, from man’s perspective, the available space can seem like it is filling up rapidly.

Have you ever been in a public place, and suddenly felt as if you needed a few minutes alone? Nice try. It won’t be long before some do-gooder spots you in quiet contemplation, and seizes the opportunity to swoop down upon your solitude. “What’s wrong?” “Why so quiet?” “What are you thinking about?” “You look like you aren’t feeling good.” These are likely to be some of the well-meaning, albeit intrusive, comments you’ll get.

The famous British preacher, Charles H. Spurgeon, once said, “We all live too much in company; and in a great city like this, we are busy from morning to night, and we do not get the opportunities for quiet reflection which our forefathers were wont to take. I am afraid, therefore, that our religion is likely to become very superficial and flimsy for the want of solitary, earnest thought.”

When a person realizes – even in a public place – that he is bearing sin which is keeping him from a right relationship with God, it is good for him to sit and be silent.

He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him.

Lamentations 3:28

When a person is silent and solitary, he will begin to look outside of himself and outside of others for hope.

He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.

Lamentations 3:29

And then and there he may find the blessed Hope, Christ Jesus (I Timothy 1:1), Who is more sure and more secure than the platitudes of men.

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