“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.” Psalm 37:7
Musicians are always looking for a good drummer, while all are fascinated by great drummers. From Buddy Rich, John Bonham, Jack Irons to Abe Laboriel Jr. -- don’t forget Ringo! Great drummers are very hard to find for we are usually the second one to find them. A common phrase heard by drummers when speaking of their heroes is “I love what he does not play when he drums, what he leaves out.” Silence and what is not heard can refocus what is being played; what is being heard gains new meaning. Good drummers know this, great drummers do it.
The most eloquent public speakers know exactly when not to say something and for how long, all in order to drive their point home for it to sink in. Silence can be very loud. To rest in the Lord means for us to be quiet, for our souls and hearts to stop talking for once. It is usually too late when we realize the words that just left our mouth or finger tips should have stayed only in thought. Those thoughts are most likely not ones we should entertain a second longer. Sometimes hearts near ours need to hear silence from us and not how we would handle their situation.
Silence requires patience, and when dealing with the Lord’s timing it cannot be only human patience, it has to be divine. The moment our human patience ends we have to hold on tight to a heavenly one. Our impatience can hurt so many hearts, yes when we act out our revolt we have a momentary reward but the scars we make on others remain much longer. I remember a pastor asking the ushers to remove my brother from the service because he saw him talking during his sermon, little did the pastor know that teenager, my brother was asking those who were talking around him to be quiet. Put yourself in the chuck taylors of the one being wrongly judged? Used as a public symbol to show another’s authority when that same moment could have been used to show Grace. As Silence requires Patience, Patience also requires Grace.
The patience we ask of God for us is not the same we show Him. We replace “need” for “want” and abandon patience, we then walk around blindfolded to His grace. This is specially revealed with our view of His dealings in our lives. We always have something to say as we show Him grain of sand size patience, while His towards us is Grace filled. Ever think that the reason God is silent at times is because He wants us to be silent? C.H. Spurgeon said it best :“Time is nothing to Him; let it be nothing to thee. God is worth waiting for.” How true does that need to be in our lives, the things that mean nothing to the Lord should have equal value for us, those He holds dear must be our dearest.
When we worry about graceless hearts that prosper we make a grave mistake, one is that we are giving prosperity a high value and not it’s true worth. We start to think that God’s love is revealed in their success, ‘He must love them more’ we say in our hearts. We worry about others when we should have them in prayer. Our success is held by us at such a high thing, yet it cannot reach heaven. When we start to see how Silence, Patience and Grace have been borrowed from heaven, we realize how true that His love is revealed more in our failures than in any success. As you reflect on the areas of your life where you need patience, how can you focus this week on living in God's time? How has God spoken to you through his silence?