Leadership on Mission—December 6, 2016

March 9, 2017

Day 9 “Silence”

Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Well, aren’t you going to answer these charges? What do you have to say for yourself?” But Jesus remained silent. Then the high priest said to him, “I demand in the name of the living God—tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”
Jesus replied, “You have said it. And in the future you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.” (Matthew 26:62–64 NLT)

We’ve already practiced the discipline of silence by finding a place of quiet, away from the busyness and noisiness of life. The other side of this discipline is to be quiet in the midst of our daily lives.

Isaiah describes Jesus as “a lamb to the slaughter,” never saying a word against His harsh treatment. This is true throughout His arrest, trial, beating, and death. He remained mostly silent in the midst of some of the harshest treatment ever devised by man. Even as He was being actively accused of wrongdoing and blasphemy, Jesus did not make a stand to protest His innocence. During His so-called trial at the home of the high priest, He only responds after Caiaphas directly asks if He is the Messiah. His silence when being accused shows His trust in the Almighty.

Those who know the tremendous power of words are more likely to be reticent about using them poorly. As much as it is within your power today, practice the discipline of silence by not speaking. Instead, use the attention and focus you would normally use to formulate a response to focus on the speaker. Lean into your urge to fill the silent spaces of your day with needless speech to discover what drives that urge. Allow God, and others, the room to speak by denying yourself that privilege for a day.

I do not like to stop and, in the silence, look within, but when I do I hear a pounding on the floor of my soul. When I open the trap door into the deep darkness, I see the monsters emerge for me to deal with. . . . If I do not deal with it, it deals with me.  —Morton T. Kelsey