Here is a small word game for you to try. Write down the word silent and the word listen, then stroke out the similar letters. Note each word contains the same letters as the other one. I think they must be first cousins!
To be silent is to not speak or communicate at a particular time, especially through choice.
To listen is to concentrate on hearing someone or something.
They are both hard to do, especially if you like to talk as much as I do. Why do we go to events or plays or speeches or sermons and talk all the way through them? Why don’t we just stay home and talk to ourselves? Why do we think we have the right to disrupt everyone else’s listening?
Have you done that when God was trying to get your attention? Yes, admit it. You are so truly guilty.
Like the other speakers in our life, Jesus wants our full attention when he speaks.
“Are you listening to me? Really listening? (Matthew 11:15, MSG)
Prayer-Lord, forgive us for blabbering over your words, especially words like these in Matthew 17:5. “This is my Son, marked by my love, focus of my delight. Listen to him.”
Lord God, we sit silently before you, listening for your direction. Amen.