When God is Silent.
Tuesday, September 01, 2020
When God is Silent. September 01 2020.
“ Why O Lord, do You stand far off? Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble? Psalm 10:1. NIV.
“ God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.” Acts 17:27. NIV
Have you ever felt so overwhelmed by a situation in life that you can only wonder why is this happening? There have been a few times in my life that I have felt that way. Most of the times have occurred in the past twenty years and they deal with our adopted daughter Alicia and her struggles with health in the first seven years of life. I remember on e such incident where all I felt was anguish over her situation and I had no one to really turn to to talk about it. I poured out my heart to the Lord. I wondered why He was so silent. I prayed, “ Lord , just send me an angel to reassure me of Your presence and care.” Nothing but silence. “ Do something supernaturally like you did for Paul, Elijah, or Daniel. That would be just awesome right now.” Silence. Sometimes God can be so silent. All that was left to me was His Word. I poured over verses where men and women had lived in Scripture and had passed life in total absence of God communicating directly with them. God had spoken to Noah about building an ark, and then for the next 120 years or so He was silent and Noah faced the ridicule of the world around him. Job cried out to God for answers and God was silent. Jesus commented to Thomas that many would believe even though they would not see Jesus face to face in this life. ( John 20:29 ) so what gave me the right to think that I deserved more than what God wanted to reveal to me, or how He has chosen to make Himself known to me. trust and Obey. It’s ok to question, but be prepared that God may be silent. He is God and He alone.
The question why always signals a feeling of frustration or forsaken ness. The psalmist here shows His own impatience and despair.
🙏. Father God thank You for being God and loving me. Even in the midst of extremely difficult things, even in Your silence, I know that You are shaping and moulding me into Your image. The image of Christ Jesus my Lord and Saviour. Help me to be a student of Your Word as I serve You and love Him. It is in His name that I pray.