I’m very curious why God love silence so much. He did not make Mozart or Bach soundtracks the normal background to our lives on Earth. Music is going on almost all the time in movies, setting themes, developing moods, but God’s choice for the norm of creation is silence.
We have some background noises, like the wind rustling through the leaves or the gurgle of water if we’re near a river or waterfall. The crashing of waves, the pealing of thunder, the chirping of birds. God certainly likes sound and uses it in creation, in very interesting ways, to bring Himself glory.
Yet these background noises are sometimes here and sometimes not. There is no norm of noise, unless you live in the big city, which is different. But in the world as God designed it, the rule of nature is silence.
This leads me to think about the Scripture, “Be still and know that I am God,” and the fascinating truth that God is most marvelously discovered in the silence of our hearts.
The Catholic mystics found Him there. They entered into recollection and passed from it into contemplation, and from there even into union. These are states of ever deepening interior silence.
God can, and sometimes has, spoken to humans in an audible voice. When Jesus Christ was born, the heavens opened and a great crowd of angels was seen and heard, singing God’s glory. Yet the normal way in which God speaks to us, and the way He reaches us especially when we enter more deeply into unity with Him, is through silence.
Spiritual silence, silence of the heart, and exterior silence of the ears are God’s preferred medium to unite with us, both in the order of nature and in the order of the spirit. What does this mean? Why does God love silence so much?
I think a fragment of the answer may lie in humility. It is hard work, and requires self-annihilation, to reach God in the silence. It’s not a dramatic, flashy way of receiving unity with Him, like Paul’s vision on the way to Damascus. It forces us to get away from our five senses, and while self-abandonment is the best thing for us, it is one of the hardest things to do. It is putting God first.
I think another piece of the answer lies in faith. When we are surrounded by silence, we are called to deeper faith, for we cannot just trust what we see or hear.
Another fragment of the answer may lie in accessibility. When we aren’t listening to music, to audible noises or to our own thoughts, but are simply resting in focus on God alone, we aren’t moving through a medium. It is only Him and us. This is the best part of the answer I can think of, that God created the world in such a way that it might help us to get away from ourselves and reach Him where He is, in unity without putting ourselves first and without distractions, without any medium of sound or anything else between Him and us.
Ironically, that silence which appears to separate us from God is the doorway to achieving the deepest unity with Him. That's the main answer I can think of to answer for myself, in part, this question. Does anyone else have thoughts on the matter?