Paul Simon’s song “Hurricane Eye” from his 2000 album You’re the One combines metaphors, contemplation of life’s mysteries, and even some practical advice. One piece of advice is offered to an aspiring writer:
“You want to be a writer
But you don’t know how or when
Find a quiet place
Use a humble pen.”
This is also good advice for our Bible study with Today in the Word this month.
Let us quieten both the outside noise and our inner monologue, and with a humble spirit and inner silence let’s learn about silence in Scripture and how to hear God. As we read from different books of the Bible, we’ll look at human and divine silence, the silence of waiting and of self-control, of grief and empathy, fear and faith. We’ll consider the importance of persevering in prayer until the end, “till [the Lord] establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth” (Isa. 62:7). And most important, we’ll learn about hearing God even when He is silent.
We pray this month’s study will help you hear the “still, small voice” of the Lord in the hurricane that our lives often resemble. May we have ears to hear our God who is worthy of our undivided love and faithfulness. Thank you for studying with us and for your support of this ministry!
—Elena Mafter, Senior Editor