The Silence of Suffering

We’ve heard of suffering in silence. Although this can lead to intense feelings of loneliness, sometimes we experience beautiful times with the Lord in the quiet.

As I’ve reflected on times of suffering in my life and in the lives of those I know, I see a new element of suffering, and I want to take a short moment to highlight it.

My thought is this: when we suffer we seem to work our way into a quiet place, where we listen better. The listening can take different forms. Maybe we value the Word more. Maybe our thoughts are more prayerful. Either way, the silence becomes a space to hear the voice of God.

Suffering cleanses our spiritual ears to hear what He’s saying. We learn a heightened sensitivity to His voice. Those who are truly hurting need only a whisper from God.

Communication with the Father is tangible, almost audible when we need it the most. Then we begin to know “man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4, CSB). Prayer is essential for survival of the sufferer.

In the silence of suffering we hear the echoing voice of the Holy Spirit, as He comforts, consoles, and guides us in our darkest days. Rest in the silence, as you listen for your Savior.

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