When You Run Out Of Things To Say
The words of Job are ended.— Job 31:40
Now we might want to dismiss these six words as parenthetical. But I found this addition in the text interesting.
Just like the three men (Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar), Job has exhausted himself. His processing, explaining, and defending are done. And we end where this whole conversation began — in silence.
I don't know if you have had one of these moments in your life. But they are pretty powerful. They are moments where we are so overwhelmed that we don't know what to say. Our minds cannot process, and our hearts are overwhelmed. We experience moments like these at the birth of a child or at the death of a loved one. Or like Job here, in the middle of an overwhelming crisis
Sometimes it's good to be silent. To turn off the noise. To stop the busyness. To stop inputting data. To rest our weary hearts. To shut our mouths. And just be silent.
Mother Teresa once said:
In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself.
ASK THIS: Where is the noise in your life?
DO THIS: Be silent.
PRAY THIS: God, speak into the void of my silence.
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