That Awkward Silence Where God Speaks

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{A Guest Devotional by James Prescott} 

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him. Psalm 62:5 (ESV)

For God alone my soul waits
Picture: (Jason Ewert) | Design: Wendy van Eyck
Yesterday I watched the news and one of the presenters said something wrong - a genuine mistake - but after this there was a moment of silence. Both presenters looked at the camera. One of them said something like:

“Oh, the awkwardness of silence” 

It struck me then how little our culture values silence. 

How silence is seen as something to be avoided at all costs. 

We’ve all heard the phrase, ‘awkward silence’. But in our culture, it seems every period of silence is awkward. 

When was the last time you had an amazing silence? (<-- tweet that here)

Recently my life has been busier than ever. I’ve been writing, working, seeing friends, fulfilling friend and family commitments. It never seemed to stop. It eventually drained me completely, and I had to take a two day break.

After this break I felt a lot more refreshed and ready to take on the world. Now I’m back writing again. 

But in all of it, there has still been noise. And too little silence.

Even when resting, the world was noisy. Radio, TV, DVD’s. The sounds of the world outside. So much noise all around all the time. Now I’m back writing again my mind is full of words pouring out of me, and I’m engaging again with fellow writers and friends online. 

Yet again, noise.

In the past I have prayed angrily, asking God why He hasn’t spoken to me. Why He has not answered my prayers. Why I’m not hearing from Him.

But when there is so much noise coming from other places, how can He?

One of the reasons silence is awkward for so many, is a subconscious, unknown fear.

Fear of what we might hear. 

There is a divine impulse within us that knows there is a power within silence; knows the truth of the divine and is afraid to listen.

Even in those who say they do not know God, or may never think about God. 

It’s in us all. Beyond our conscious self.

When we are in times of true silence our soul is discomforted.

Because in this moment, we recognise there may be something else out there. We are almost afraid of what might be said in the silence. 

This is even more heightened in those of us who do know God. 

We know God is real.
We know He speaks to us.
We know often what He says is what we don’t want to hear.

We’re afraid of silence. Because in those moments, we are completely out of control. 

In silence, God can speak how He chooses. (<-- tweet that here

In silence, we have no choice but to trust God.

You see we need to embrace, not ignore, the awkwardness of silence.

Scripture says it is in silence we have peace. 
It is silence we have true intimacy with our creator.
In the silence we renew our strength.

As we go beyond awkwardness, we discover silence is amazing.

We have nothing to fear from silence. 

As we enter into silence, we are entering the presence of our Father. 

Let us then embrace the awkward silence. And in the process, discover amazing silence.

When was the last time you sat with God in awkward silence?

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James Prescott is a writer & creative exploring digital media & our divine journey. He blogs regularly at and is a regular guest blogger for various sites. Follow him on Twitter at @JamesPrescott77

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