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Put It on Mute

When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.  Revelation 8:1 ESV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.We live in a noisy age.

A variety of sounds blaring from the devices in our vehicles, homes, and offices bombard us. Most of us are so uncomfortable with quiet that the moment we jump into our cars we turn on the radio. And as soon as we arrive at home, we grab the TV remote.

The Apostle John recounts how the Lamb of God opens the final of seven seals before the Lord’s throne. There was a lot of singing, praise, worship, and loud crying out to God. But this single action elicits complete silence for half an hour. What a magnificent and awe-filled scene.

How many of us could sit silently before God for thirty minutes, or even three minutes for that matter? Our tech-infused world is on auditory overload. The reasons for our discomfort with silence are as varied as we are, but often it’s because we’re using noise to drown out loneliness, fear, worry, guilt, or discontentment.

I’ve been challenged by messages from ministers whom I admire on the power of being silent before God for a period of time each day. This is not necessarily a time for reading or praying but simply a time to be still and know that He is God while waiting for Him to speak to our hearts. This discipline hasn’t been easy—and I haven’t been consistent enough to make it a daily habit yet—but I am on my way.

Do you desire to hear more of God’s still, small voice and experience greater fruitfulness and victory in your life? For just a few minutes each day, put everything else on mute. Be quiet and listen.

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Toni Samuels

By day, Toni works in corporate communications, but by night she pursues one of her greatest passions: writing for God’s purposes and sharing the love of Jesus Christ. In her free time, Toni enjoys time with her family and friends, music, reading, traveling, and beautiful beaches.


  1. Being quiet and open to God is powerful. Great reminder. God bless you and your ministry.