Dr. Luder Whitlock
President's Column

A Little Quiet, Please!

by Dr. Luder Whitlock

We need some quiet time to rest and think - also to meditate and pray. A time to be still before the sovereign God
(Psalm 46:10).

     If you were able to wake up and find yourself living in 1000 AD, you would be shocked by the many differences in life. For example, the quiet would be deafening! No cars or trucks. No tractors. No planes or trains. No radios or TVs. Just the quiet of small villages, interrupted occasionally by the sounds of birds, animals, and people noises. Sound idyllic? By 2000 AD standards, it certainly is!

     Today, noise is, by contrast, ubiquitous and incessant. Recently, a company recorded the pure sounds of nature to be packaged for our listening pleasure at home. They discovered, after they began recording, that the greatest challenge to their effort was to escape the sounds of cars, planes, and machines. Like the annoying buzz of a mosquito, manmade mechanical sounds kept intruding, no matter how seemingly remote the location.

     Most of us are more conditioned to such noise than we realize. The TV is on whether we are watching or not. We prefer background music while we study, eat, talk, and work. Yet, we may have lost more than we realize with the constant barrage of noise and press of schedule that packs our days so full. Once I experienced a twenty-four-hour period without speaking to anyone or listening to the TV or radio. It was far harder than I thought it would be - but quite instructive!

     We need space, margins, and down-time. Peace and tranquility are important to health and wholeness. We need some quiet time to rest and think - also to meditate and pray. A time to be still before the sovereign God (Psalm 46:10). It makes one wonder whatever happened to the expression "quiet time." It is seldom heard now, perhaps because it is so incongruous in this culture, but there was a day when it meant time spent in prayer as well as reading and meditating on the Scriptures.

     You may recall that young King Solomon, the crown resting heavily on his head, needed time at Gibeon to get away from the press and communicate with God. He realized that what he needed most was a listening heart, and that was what he prayed for.

     Why not resolve to create some quiet time for yourself - to wait on the Lord and to meditate on His Word? You may find more refreshment and direction than you expect. What can be more helpful than being sufficiently quiet to hear what God has to say to you? Select a time and place that suit you best for prayer, reflection, and meditation - then begin. You will be glad you did!

- Dr. Luder G. Whitlock, Jr.

Reformed Quarterly, Volume 19, Number 3
© 2000 Reformed Theological Seminary
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Last updated 11-9-2000.