Built in Silence: God Comes Softly

TODAY’S THOUGHT: “Neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron was heard in the house while it was being built,” (1 Kings 6:7).

God’s temple was a peculiar building from start to finish. It was the Lord’s own house, planned, directed, and modeled by him. King Solomon built this first earthly building for God, totally dedicated and devoted to his honor. Which granted it a special sort of beauty.

Harsh and violent sounds were out-of-place in this divine building, so the workers formed each piece at separate preparation sites. Yet when brought together at the building site, they fit with perfect precision. A feat unparalleled in architectural history. And it was done without noise.

The temple was erected in silence — and that silence that speaks loudly.

“Solomon’s temple is the most wonderful and interesting building in the world’s history. It was ‘the mysterious centre of Israel.’ It was far more to Israel than the Vatican is to Rome. It was, so long as it stood, God’s only earthly palace and temple. The Pyramids of Egypt were old when it was built, and they show no signs of decay. Solomon’s temple utterly perished after four centuries. Greek and Roman artists have given the laws of beautiful and stately architecture to the world, but no one has ever dreamed of copying, in any respect, the sacred building at Jerusalem. Brunelleschi’s dome at Florence, St. Peter’s at Rome, the Milan Cathedral are almost miracles of daring genius and patient toil. The temple was in comparison a homely and plain building in its style. Its size was, as compared with these, small and insignificant. Yet God in a peculiar sense was its architect. He filled it with His glory. ‘His eyes and His heart were there’.” (Biblical Illustrator by Monday Club Sermons; CC0.)

God’s presence there was palpable and tangible. As though his heart and his eyes were looking into and out through it.

God often works his wonders and marvels in holy silence.

He created the heavens, the earth, and all that is in them without a lot of noise and clamor. And he still works, in nature and in the spirit, so silently that we sometimes scarcely realize he is at work.

Enemies later destroyed the temple with axes, hammers, and a roar, (Psalm 74:4-6). For “clamor and violence often hinder the work of God, but never further it. Quietness and stillness both become and befriend it.” The temple was built in silence. (Matthew Henry’s Full Commentary; CC0).

And God is still building in quiet stillness today. He comes softly.

He’s changing us quietly on the inside. So that, just as with the temple, others may sense his presence. And his glory and goodness will shine out from our lives.

And this we can do without a lot of noise and clamor. Without shouting, “Look at me! I’m a Christian!” For it will show by the way we treat others. Through our attitude toward money and things. And in the words we say or don’t say.

Can others sense God’s quiet presence in us? Do they see God in us?

Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 6:1-7 | Bible in a year: Daniel 9-19, 2 John

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Author: Sheila

American born, Italian at heart. Happily married over 40 years, living in Italy almost 30. Mom of two and nonna to 9 grandkids. Missionary with a passion for God's Word and encouraging others to to walk in his ways and give their all in devotion and consecration to him. For He alone is worthy of all. {AND IN ITALIANO}: Ciao sono Sheila. Nata in America con un cuore italiano! Felicemente sposata da oltre 40 anni e vivo in Italia da quasi 30. Mamma di due e nonna a 9 nipoti. Missionaria con la passione per la Parola di Dio e per incoraggiare gli altri a camminare con Dio in devozione e consacrazione. Perché solo Lui è degno di tutto.

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    1. I think so too TR. Often the people I have learned the most from are those who said the least. But their lives spoke such great wisdom and shined such pure love that they drew others like a magnet and imparted so much!

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    1. Great correlation Karen. Coming to earth as a baby was one of his greatest works done in nearly hidden silence, wasn’t it? He truly does come softly!

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  1. I love this One verse that has been so prevalent in my meditations for the last week or so is “Be Still and know that I am God”. This is when I can hear His voice. And, as you sad, this is how He does His work in us. Just because He’s silent at times does not mean He is not working – he is probably working more! Great post. I am going to reblog this!

    Be blessed!

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    1. Be still. That’s so hard in today’s world of noise and clamor, isn’t it? And perhaps even more so in this season of holiday rush. But God often seems to do some of his greatest work in moments of stillness. Or perhaps it’s just that we notice them more when our hearts and minds are quiet and still! Thanks for the reblog! God bless

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