Have you ever had someone just stare at you without saying anything? It gives me the creeps. I want to know what is going through their head. I want them to speak up. The silence weirds me out. So, like many people, I fill the silence with my own noise.
It doesn't have to be that way.
Just after crossing the Jordan, the Israelites are poised to attack Jericho. Perhaps you know about their singing to bring down the walls. Yeah, that's pretty epic on God's part. But what comes before that would make you uncomfortable.
As the entire army marches around the city walls for 7 days, they are given these orders.
“Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!” Joshua 6:10
Imagine you are a citizen of Jericho and you see an entire army marching around your city walls. Only they aren't saying anything. They are marching in complete silence. Creeeepy!
Awkward as it might be, I imagine God might be giving the same orders to us today. In James 1:19 we're instructed to be "slow to speak." So how about it? Perhaps we should just keep quiet and wait for God to command the shout.
I'd say more about this, but on a topic like this, perhaps I've already said too much.