Have you ever opened your mouth without thinking and said something you regretted later.
The tongue is the most powerful part of the body with the power to curse & the power to bless, the power to start fires and the power to put them out.
Silence of the Mouth
One reason we can hardly bear to remain silent is that it makes us feel so helpless.
By observing a silence in our lives on a regular basis, we are training our tongue so that we learn to control it rather than have it control us.
In our personal relationships, our words often express a lack of faith, a lack of trust – if we do not trust some one to drive properly; we take to back seat driving.
We need to find ways of practicing silence in our everyday life.
Silence of the Ears
Even if we cannot keep a time of silence ourselves, we can learn to live without the constant noise of background music, TV or radio.
Keeping silent on the outside, either through not talking, or shutting the noise off, is easy compared with learning inner silence.
As Eli teaches the young boy Samuel, we have to learn to say “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening“, and then actually listen.