“If you remain silent at this time, [the truth] will arise from another place…And who knows but that you have [been given this platform] for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:13–14, NIV 1984).
And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing [blogs that the readers may not care]
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence.
Fools, said I, you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
[Read my blogs] that I might reach you
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence.
— Sounds of Silence, Lyrics by Paul Simon
My Musings – I don’t know which is worse, people remaining silent when they should speak up, or people speaking up when they should remain silent. “Social” media is full of “people talking without speaking,” and “people hearing without listening.” In these cases, the “sounds of silence” would be welcome indeed. Times when we wished that “no one dared disturb the sound of silence.”
Yet there are other times that the “silence like a cancer grows.” Times when the truth is being perverted. Times when we must not remain silent. I know I grow very frustrated at times how God’s truth is twisted, set aside or abused. So in my musings, I try to speak the truth in love (sometimes tough love, but hopefully always the truth). I do my best (which is poor indeed), to not just “talk” to whoever reads my blogs, but to “speak” to their hearts. Sometimes “my words, like silent raindrops [fall]” on deaf ears. Sometimes “the readers may not care.” But sometimes, just maybe, the musings are just what someone needed to hear “for such a time as this.” I know that if I remained silent, the truth would arise from another place, but I am humbled to be given this platform (ministry).
My Advice – Do not be silent. Do not talk without speaking, but dare to “disturb the sound of silence.” And when you speak, may the Word of God echo “in the wells of silence,” as it reaches “ten thousand people maybe more.”
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10–11, NIV 1984).