The Power of Pause Devotional – Silence
Written by Brandon
God, may I find my hope in you today, amen.
5 For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
7 On God rests my salvation and my glory;
my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
Silence can be disorienting. The quietest place on earth is located at the Microsoft lab in Redmond, Washington. The room is so quiet that if you hold your breath for a bit you can hear the grinding of your joints when you move, your heart beating, blood flowing in your veins. The room is so quiet that it is unsettling to simply walk in the room and some get dizzy after being in there for a few seconds. Silence can disorient.
In Psalm 62 we see that our hope is in God. Salvation is found in God. During times like the one we are currently facing where uncertainty, anxiety, and stress are on the rise, we know we can take refuge in God. While we are tempted to find our hope and refuge in things other than God, we experience these attributes of God deeply as we spend some time in silence waiting on God. Spending intentional time in silence quiets our soul and allows us to be reminded of who we are and how we are called to act in the world in light of who God is and how God relates to us. Spending time with God in silence can disorient us from the things we turn to find hope and reorient us to God.
- Put away your phone and any other distractions, settle into your time/place, and get comfortable.
- Watch your breathing. Sit in an upright,but relaxed position, close your eyes, take slow, deep breaths
- Pray. Once you settle into a rhythm, begin to turn each breath into a prayer.
God, you are my refuge, my hope, and my salvation. May I rest in you today, in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.