Devotional: Power of the Pause

Have you ever heard the phrase “pregnant pause?”

Basically a pregnant pause is a pause that gives the impression that it will be followed by something significant.

Comedians use pregnant pauses all the time. So do politicians and thespians.

Pauses are powerful. They allow the words previously spoken to linger, take root, marinate.

As a listener, a pause could allow time for understanding and comprehension.

As a speaker, a pause can provide emphasis and impact.

A pause before speaking can head off hurt feelings and stop generational curses.

A pause before acting can prevent regret and bitterness.

As believers, our pauses give God room and time to act. In your pause, God can birth life, hope, promise and deliverance.

Don’t believe me?

Have you ever heard your Big Momma or Madea say, “I wish someone would (you fill in the blank)” and then pause? And then what would they say next, “I’m not even going to go there. I ain’t even going to say that.” That pause birthed faith – faith that God wouldn’t let things get to that level.

Have you ever found yourself about to say what could happen – usually something awful and tragic – only to stop and say, “God forbid”? That pause birthed power – the ability to deny the enemy the satisfaction of seeing you worry.

Let’s get real. Have you ever wanted to cuss out your boss or co-worker and caught yourself before you unleashed all kind of ugly? That pause birthed peace – a peace to know that you’ll have a job tomorrow.

Have you ever been caught in sin, not sure how to escape, only to find yourself pausing and the calling on the name of the Lord? Next thing you know your way of escape is clear. That pause birthed deliverance.

We pause when we pray. Those pauses birth inspiration because in them the Holy Spirit tells us what to pray or He answers our prayers.

A pause can literally stop you from telling a lie, missing out on a blessing, starting or continuing a generational curse.

Have you ever received bad news? And you pause before reacting, before even speaking in response? That pause birthed hope – hope that things can become better, that they aren’t as bad as they seem.

These aren’t coincidences, they’re evidence of God’s word that there is power in your pause.

Psalm 46:10 says “Be still and know that I am God.”

Proverbs 17:28 tells us that even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.

Proverbs 11:12 ESV:

Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent.

Proverbs 17:28 ESV:

Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

James 1:19 ESV:

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;

Psalm 4:4 ESV / 50 helpful votes

Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah

Proverbs 10:8 ESV:

The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin.

Job 6:24 ESV:

“Teach me, and I will be silent; make me understand how I have gone astray.

Proverbs 29:11 ESV:

A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.

Exodus 14:14 ESV / 25 helpful votes

The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

Proverbs 18:13 ESV:

If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 ESV:

And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.

Lamentations 3:26 ESV:

It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

Psalm 37:7 ESV:

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

Look, if we are really honest with ourselves, there have been times when we’ve felt like our lives have been on pause – no progress, no forward motion, no direction, nothing. We’ve wanted to move on, move forward, act out, respond and find that we can’t.

What we need to realize is that there is power in that pause. It’s like charging a battery so that when God flips the switch on your next season you are ready to go!

Let’s you and I today decide to embrace the pause. Instead of racing through it, trying to get our point across, trying to get the last word in, trying to be right, trying to appear a certain way, trying to fill the silence, to erase the pause.

I believe that God has something great for you and I on the other side of our pauses – whether they be in conversations or in life. We are pregnant with powerful visions and dreams to change the world and strengthen the kingdom.

My prayer for you today is that you embrace that power, that you invite God to move in that space, in our pauses. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!


2 thoughts on “Devotional: Power of the Pause

    1. Thanks for reading!

      I think God is moving in the pauses. So it’s less about what He does now and more about what He reveals to us about what He’s already divinely orchestrated for the Kingdom and the world.

      I have an audacious, expectant hope and faith in what He’s ordained next for us!


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