Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who started The Voice of the Martyrs, was in prison in Romania for his Christian activities. He spent part of his time in prison in “solitary confinement,” meaning he was by himself in a silent cell.
After he left prison, Pastor Wurmbrand wrote the following.
“Two thousand years ago a Greek man name Phocion waited his turn to get his beard trimmed by a barber. The barber talked on and on about current events to the customer he was shaving. Phocion waited wearily while the barber talked.
“Finally the barber turned to Phocion and asked, ‘How would you like to have your beard trimmed?’
“Phocion replied, ‘In silence.’”
Pastor Wurmbrand continued, “We are victims of a plot against silence. Every day we hear the noise of cars, trains, planes, radios, TVs, vacuum cleaners, dishwashers, fans, chatter, clatter, and speech.
“I have known Christians who have spent years in solitary confinement in complete silence. When they once again heard humans speak, they wondered why so much of their speech was unimportant.
“If you wish to talk to God, create some silence around you. Turn off the noises that intrude on silence. You will learn more from God if you listen, as did Jesus when he spent whole nights in prayer on silent mountains.”
(Source: Reaching Toward the Heights by Richard Wurmbrand. Edited, paraphrased, and adapted.)
To Think About
- Sit still and note all the noises you hear. Which noises would not have existed in Bible times?
- Do you have a daily “quiet time” when you can read the Bible and pray without distractions?