“Be silent, all mankind, before the LORD; for He has roused Himself from His holy dwelling.”
Working with children for most of my ministry, I got used to telling children to get quiet. Of course, that is easy to say. It’s much harder to make happen, lol. But when I think about the sound of children talking, laughing and playing, it gives me joy. I am sure the Lord feels the same way. However, there is a time to get quiet and listen to the Lord.
That’s where we are in today’s verse. In Zechariah 2:13, the angel, who is still talking to him, says, “Be silent.” Why? “For He has roused Himself from His holy dwelling.” Habakkuk 2:20 came to mind as I read today’s verse. It says, “But the LORD is in His holy temple. Let all the earth be silent before Him.” One verse says He roused Himself from His holy dwelling, while the other one said the Lord is in His holy temple.” What’s the difference in these two.
Sitting and moving are two different things. When God moves, things happen. In Habakkuk, God is at rest in His temple. He is watching over. But in Zechariah, God has risen up and is about to move against Israel’s enemies. I am reminded also of Exodus 14:14 that reads, “The LORD will fight for you, while you keep silent.”
Do you see a common theme here? Of course, you do. Get quiet! Listen! One of the hardest things to do when we pray is to listen. We just want to talk and talk, giving God our list of demands. We need to set aside time to just be quiet and listen. God speaks in our silence. We can hear Him when we stop talking.
Will you get quiet today? Zechariah tells us to get quiet because the Lord is about to act. Woo Hoo! Let’s just sit back and watch what He will do. It will blow you away. Can you hear Him get up? Can you hear His robe rustling? He’s moving. Can you hear it? You got to listen closely. There, Carl, I think I hear…
Open my ears that I may hear Your whispers of truth.