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The Power of Silence in a Noisy World.

### Sermon: The Power of Silence in a Noisy World

#### Introduction:

In our fast-paced, constantly connected world, silence is a rare commodity. Yet, in the Bible, we see that silence and solitude are essential for a deep, intimate relationship with God.

#### 1. Elijah's Encounter with God (1 Kings 19:11-13):

- Scripture: "And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind, there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake, there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire, the sound of a low whisper."

- Breakdown: Elijah expected God in the glorious displays of nature, but God spoke softly. This teaches us that God's voice is often found in quietness, not in the chaos of life.

#### 2. Jesus’ Practice of Solitude (Luke 5:16):

- Scripture: "But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed."

- Breakdown: Despite His busy ministry, Jesus regularly took time to pray alone. This solitude was not isolation but an intentional time to commune with the Father, setting an example for us to follow.

#### 3. The Importance of Quiet Time:

- Scriptural Example: Psalm 46:10 says, "Be still, and know that I am God."

- Application: In stillness, away from the distractions of life, we can truly know God. This isn't just about physical quiet but about quieting our hearts and minds to listen to God.

#### 4. The Challenge of Silence in Modern Life:

- Contemporary Issue: Today's culture is filled with constant noise and stimulation from technology, media, and our busy schedules.

- Biblical Response: Proverbs 18:2 says, "A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion." This verse warns against the noise of our opinions and agendas, highlighting the value of listening to God and others.

#### 5. Practical Steps to Embrace Silence:

- Personal Prayer: Encourage setting aside a specific time each day for silent prayer, away from distractions.

- Meditation on Scripture: Advice on meditating on a verse or passage in silence, allowing God to speak through His Word.

- Mindfulness in God’s Presence: Teach the practice of being mindful of God's presence in everyday activities, acknowledging Him in the quiet moments.

#### 6. The Benefits of Embracing Silence:

- Spiritual Growth: Silence fosters a deeper understanding of God and His will.

- Inner Peace: In the quiet, we find peace transcending the world's turmoil (Philippians 4:7).

- Clarity and Direction: As with Elijah, God often provides guidance and reassurance in the quiet moments.

#### Conclusion:

In a world that bombards us with noise, the discipline of silence is a powerful tool. It allows us to tune out distractions and tune into God's gentle whisper. Let us follow the example of Jesus and seek those moments of solitude where we can deepen our relationship with God and be renewed in His presence.


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