Joseph, the silent man, gives us an example. None of his words were recorded in the Bible, but he did God’s Will in his life. Indeed, God speaks to us in silence. The Prophet Elijah once experienced violent winds crushing rocks, an earthquake, and fire, but only experienced the Lord in a still small voice. [1 Kings 19:11-12] We need to remove ourselves from the noise of the world like Elijah to hear God.
There is one thing to differentiate about God’s Will. It will never violate God’s Laws. In the Lord’s Prayer, we want Our Heavenly Father’s kingdom to come and for His Will to be done. His kingdom comes with rules, or God’s Laws. The Church, Our Mother, gives us a breakdown of God’s Laws to lovingly make it easy for us to know God’s Laws. Can you imagine everyone trying to figure them out themselves? God, our all-loving Father, would not let us wander about trying to figure out His Laws.
God’s Laws apply to everyone, but God’s Will is different for everyone. And that means we need to figure out God’s Will for us, individually. It is yours and my responsibility to do so. Silence is not an option for the Holy. It is a requirement for God’s children, the baptized. We do not need to spend hours in silence, but we do need to find some time in silence listening for the still small voice like Elijah and Joseph did. Only then, can we live, “thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven”.
Joseph, you show us that knowing God’s Will comes through silence. Once we know God’s Will, help us to be obedient children to fulfill it like you did at every opportunity. Amen.