Built in Silence: God Comes Softly

Four years into his reign, King Solomon started building God’s temple, a peculiar building, from start to finish. It was the Lord’s own house, planned, directed, and modeled by him. The first earthly building totally dedicated to God and devoted to his honor, giving it a special sort of beauty.

And one of the most interesting things is that they put it together in total silence. They erected the temple without making any noise at the building site, and that silence 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. Brunellesehi’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.)

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.

When the house was built, it was with stone prepared at the quarry, so that neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron was heard in the house while it was being built, (1 Kings 6:7).

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 continues his work, both in nature and in the spirit, so silently that we sometimes scarcely realize he is at work.

Solomon’s temple was erected in silence, and that silence speaks loudly. And God is building in the same way today…

In quiet stillness, he instills his presence and holiness, making our heart a reverent and holy dwelling place for his Spirit. In ways that are far beyond our comprehension.

Quiet and silence become and befriend God’s Work.

Enemies destroyed Solomon’s temple with axes, hammers, and a roar (Psalm 74:4-6). But the building of it took place in silence.

“Clamor and violence often hinder the work of God, but never further it. Quietness and silence both become and befriend it,” (Matthew Henry’s Full Commentary; CC0).

Our hearts are God’s dwelling place today.

Places from which God wants his glory and goodness to shine out. Through lives that show his love, his mercy, his holiness.

And we can do this without a lot of noise and clamor. Without sounding a trumpet call, “Look at me! I’m a Christian!”

If others can’t tell I’m a Christian by the way I treat them, by the stewardship I have toward my money and things, by the pleasant words on my tongue — then perhaps I’d best keep my mouth shut.

God is building me, and you, in silence. He’s changing us quietly on the inside. So that what comes out will softly show the work he’s done. So that, just as with the temple, others can sense God’s presence.

The people felt God’s presence in the temple. As though his heart and his eyes were looking into and out of it.

Do others sense God’s presence through the quiet work he is doing in our hearts too?

[Image ©TheScorziellos-Mario]

11 thoughts on “Built in Silence: God Comes Softly

    1. Good point, Vanessa. And I think even more so on the days when our “old man” is particularly active. On those days I wonder if I’m even making progress! But he is at work, and and always helping us. Thanks for that insight!

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  1. Yes. Silence. For me it’s the only way to be creative and it’s the only way I am able to hear God. Once my head starts chattering, it leaves space for God. I think it would have been near impossible for the builders in this story to create so precisely, had they been busy chatting or listening to music!


    1. Great thoughts Heather! Silence does definitely aid our concentration. Especially allowing us to concentrate on God and what he wants to do in us. I pray he helps us, in this age of distraction, to learn to listen for his still voice!


  2. So true Sheila;
    The years of God’s inward working in us is revealed for all to see,and is an accurate measure of our submission to Him. Knowing this reminds me both of how far He has brought me,and how much further I still have to go to win this race.


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