Why are people so scared of silence? People are terrified of it.
When it comes to discipleship, one of the greatest things we can do is help our students know how good silence can be. Students are scared of silence because it allows their minds to wonder to think about all the things they are too distracted to think about. They are in a world where distractions reign. In small groups, silence is powerful.
Great leaders know how to sit in silence. Silence allows God to move in people. It guides them to push forward and speak. It allows them to actually stop and listen to the still small voice urging them to action.
So next time you ask a question or ask for a story, allow silence to take over and allow God to move. Don’t jump in and try to fill the awkwardness, you just might cut off what God is doing in the silence.
Great leaders know silence is powerful.
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.