When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. (Revelation 8:1 NIV)
Reading this passage an old saying came to mind, “Speech is silver, silence is golden.” A poet from the 1800’s Thomas Carlyle wrote “Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the daylight of Life” (phrases.org).
Often times the best response to opposition is silence, our impact is positive due to the fact our mouths are not able to mess it up. In the same way silence as a response to success is preferred, it gives a chance to contain our ego not to taint the moment. So much can be said of silence.
In this passage it can be said that this is a silence of expectation. Like the silence of Christmas morning before the kids get up, or the silence in a song as it breaks for a four count right before the crescendo. I don’t want to focus on what the seventh seal is in our day and age, I want to lean into the truth is God is doing something in our world and hearts that is worthy of our silent expectation.
An Old Testement worship leader wrote, “He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth”” (Psalm 46:10 NIV). Just like all of heaven responding to what God was doing in the verse with silence may we respond to him today with a moment of golden silence. Be so still that every sound and movement is detected. Know with full faith that God is God and we are not.
I pray that I respond to what the Lord is about to do with a silent expectation. Giving an opportunity to watch His grace and mercy emerge and impact the world I live. I love you Jesus and I love your ways. Lead me to lead my life down the path of your purpose.
Would you be silent for a moment today and let me know what God says to you?