It’s 7:14, time to pray and shut out the noise. One of Satan’s greatest distractions isn’t our children yelling for us in the middle of the night, or the neighbor’s dog barking at all times at night. It’s really not that co-worker stopping by your office asking if you are busy so they can talk, which means they just want to have a distraction for themselves so that they don’t have to work, or that phone call: list a dozen phones calls that distract you right when you don’t need to be distracted.
No, I’m talking about all the noise that surround us in our lives everyday. When you come home from work or running errands, do you immediately tell Elexa to turn on the TV or play this kind of music, etc. It seems like we can’t function without some kind of noise in our heads all day long. Satan uses the noise to distract us from what God truly wants us to hear, his small still voice, the whisper of God that can only be heard when we get quiet. Quiet is the salve of healing that our minds and hearts need. John Climacus, a sixth-century Syrian monk wrote these words about silence: “The friend of silence draws near to God.” And he should know, he spent most of his life up on Mt. Sinai praying in silence.
Even C.S. Lewis wrote about silence in his book “The Screwtape Letters,” on how even the demons felt like silence was one of their great enemies. Screwtape, Satan’s Senior Demon called the devil’s realm the “Kingdom of Noise.” And he claimed that the demons need to “make the whole universe a noise in the end.”
So, can I ask you to find a time today where you cut out the noise. It’s going to be easy to cut out the external noise, but it’s going to take practice to stop the internal noise. So, just because it doesn’t happen today, or in the first few moments of you trying don’t give up. The reward is there waiting for you as you seek through silence God! God is waiting for you, just cut out the noise.