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Speaking Through Silence

SPEAKING THROUGH SILENCE

By Carolyn Dale Newell

…that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.

1 Thessalonians 4:12 NKJV

Obedience exercises were our 6 AM ritual at guide dog school. One morning, they switched things. No talking. Really? We can’t say “Sit” or Stay”? Imagine our amazement when the dogs quickly obeyed our hand motions.

As students, we were not silenced concerning religion, but we had to be careful not to be preachy. The same rule applied to politics. Religion and politics are the two most controversial topics in existence.

I freely testified about my relationship with Jesus Christ, but I did not cross the line. I did talk the talk, but more importantly, I walked the walk.

How many times does our conduct fall short of our conversation? How many times do we zip our lips when there are no rules to confine us? How often do we choose to say nothing when we are free to say anything?

Examine your daily life. If you were unable to speak, would your character amplify the gospel? Are you sending conflicting messages? The sound of our silence drowns out a multitude of words.

Just like our speechless obedience class, I spoke through my actions and attitudes. Not so much the mouthpiece, but definitely the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. My presence at this school was God ordained, and He knew from the foundation of the world that I would need wisdom to rise to the occasion.

Upon my arrival home, I received a message from one of my classmates. They were grateful for my kindness and expressed appreciation for seeing the light of God shining through me. In a similar manner, my body language communicated “Down” to Iva (my dog), my walk spoke volumes to those who came in contact with me.

Consider the message you are sending through your actions as you go through the day. What message are you speaking through silence?

Lord Jesus, enable us to drown out the world’s messages with our silence and give us the wisdom we need as we speak of Your wondrous glories. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Romans 13:13, Galatians 5:16, Ephesians 4:1; 4:17; 5:8, and Colossians 1:10.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Prayerfully consider your speech and your conduct. Do they line up with each other? How can you walk more like Christ today?

Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.

Wait For God

WAIT FOR GOD

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation.

He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense;

I shall not be greatly moved.

Ps. 62:1-2 (NKJV)

When David penned this Psalm, he was seeking safety from an enemy. He was waiting for God to save him from his adversary. David was not trusting in himself or other men to defend him. His only defense was God. His rock – his strength was God. He trusted God that he would not be greatly moved or shaken.

David repeats these verses almost word for word) Ps. 62:5-7). Did David need to remind himself to wait? We should follow David’s example, reminding ourselves to wait for God.

David was silently waiting – not complaining, not grumbling about God’s timing. Is that how we wait? Could silence be the key to soothe our eager souls? Would the quiet glorify God far better than the sinful murmurs we so often utter as we wait?

Sometimes we pray for years for the salvation of a loved one. We wonder why God tarries. We fear it may never happen. We wait, and we pray.

Our most trying times can be during an illness, whether it is our own affliction or that of a spouse or child. These bodies fail us, and we wait for relief. We wait for the Great Physician.

It becomes frustrating when we wait for God to show us His will on a particular matter. You have a big decision to make, and you are longing for that peace to come from God. Wait silently for Him.

Are you struggling with waiting? “Trust in Him at all times” (Ps. 62:8). All times, especially the times when we are waiting. Trusting, not doubting, with rock solid faith that cannot be moved. Abiding trust will calm our anxious hearts as we wait for God’s perfect timing.

Heavenly Father,

Forgive our impatience. Help us remember that Your timing is better than ours. Give us faith that cannot be moved. Pour out Your peace upon us as we wait. Thank You, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Psalm 62.

HIKING THE TRAIL

What are some ways you can remind yourself to silently wait on God this week? Place all your trust in God, our rock, our refuge, and our strength.

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.