It is in the silence that God speaks and we must be quiet and listen. How hard can listening be? Very hard. In a society were we are always "plugged in," listening can be challenging. We feel a need to "do something, say something, move something and hurry God along." Being quiet requires us to slow down and wait on God to answewr. Being quiet requires us to concentrate on hearing in the silence. Being quiet requires us to tune our ears to hear God's voice and tune our hearts to receive his revelation. Being quiet is building a place of intimacy with God. Being quiet is being content sitting in his presence and silently waiting.
In the silence we worship God's majesty, his power, his glory. In the silence we become sensitive to God's presence and we filled with awe. In the silence we learn that God is asking us to be quiet. Not rushing, not impatient but confident that he hears and will answer. In the silence he teaches us to trust him.
"And He said, Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord. And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire [a sound of gentle stillness and] a still, small voice. When Elijah heard the voice, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, What are you doing here, Elijah?" 1 King 19:11-13 (AMP)
In the silence we wait for God to ask us, "Why are you here? Why do you seek me? What are you inquiring of me?"
After the silence God speaks.
"And the Lord said to him, Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria. And anoint Jehu son of Nimshi to be king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah to be prophet in your place." 1 Kings 19:15-16 (AMP)