Proper Preperation: Silence

Steven VanderMolen

READ : Joshua 6:6-11

Our passage today shows the enormous amount of preparation required before God would grant the victory. The instructions for this battle were detailed, and the people were expected to carry them out completely. The people of God had to learn to be silent. They were to be utterly quiet as they encircled that doomed city. Their lips were not to speak a word. This must have been difficult to do. For one thing, there were several million people, and it’s hard to imagine any large group of people moving anywhere without an increasing noisy hum and roar of voices. There were soldiers to get in line, children to keep track of, a route to be pointed out and taken.

We are often uncomfortable with silence. For many, every waking moment needs audio stimulation. Many aren’t even comfortable sitting in church in silence! Silence reminds us of who we are. Silence gives us the space to think, without other voices to distract or to shift our focus. God works a special preparation in hearts that are silent, waiting for Him to speak and act. We must all learn to be silent before God as we prepare for the conflicts and stress of our lives. In Psalm 46:10, God says “Be still and know that I am God.” Spend some time in silence before you close in prayer.


Speak to us, O God, as we await You in silence. May our moments of quiet give You the space in our hearts to be heard. In Jesus’ name. Amen.