When God is silent

Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by bakron, Jun 24, 2004.

  1. bakron

    bakron New Member

    This devotional really hit home with me right now. Perhaps it will with others. I'd like to share it.

    From: Come to Zion Ministries News Letter / June 23, 2004
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    "This is from a daily devotional that a friend of mine sends out. It has two parts. Part 1 will be today and part 2 will be tomorrow.

    Job 30:20 CEV "I Beg God For Help, But There Is No Answer."

    When God is silent (1)

    The Word For You Today

    Ever feel your prayers were falling on deaf ears? If you have then you can relate when Job says, "I beg for help, but there is no answer" or,"Where is God....the one who gives songs in the night?" (Job 35:10 NLT). Some days it feels like God's moved house and left no forwarding address! So what does it mean when He doesn't respond? What's He up to? Here are some lessons you only learn from His silence:

    (1) Silence isn't absence! David said, " I can never escape from your spirit! I can never get away from your presence!" (Ps 139:7 NLT). You have to be very secure with somebody just to sit quietly with them. Silence takes the emphasis off words and builds an intimacy where they're no longer necessary. If you want to be that comfortable around God, then learn to enter into the silence with Him.

    (2) Silence tests your trust level! How much trust is actually involved if somebody's coaching your every step? It's like a parent running alongside a child who's learning to ride a bike. Right now the child lacks confidence, but he's going to look strange at 50 if his dad's still trotting along side him! At some point God takes His hand off the wheel to see how far you've progressed - and for a while it'll be a wobbly ride! However, it demonstrates how far you've come and where you're placing your trust."

  2. monkeykat

    monkeykat Member

    That was really nice to read.
    Monkeykat
  3. bakron

    bakron New Member

    Matthew 27:46 CEV "My God...Why Have You Deserted Me."

    When God is silent (2)

    The Word For You Today Yeshua knew all about abandonment. In His darkest hour He cried, "My God...why have you deserted me?" ? When God is silent it doesn't mean nothing's happening! Ever tried to sit and watch a seed grow? You can't, can you? It stays in the earth till the time is right for it to emerge. And because you too have things planted deep inside, you must sit quietly before God in order for them to surface and grow. Furthermore, because certain issues have undermined your life for years, only silence forces them to emerge so God (and you) can deal with them.

    Delays aren't denials: The Bible says, "It is wrong to say God doesn't listen..the Almighty isn't concerned... He will bring about justice if you...wait" (Job 35:13-14 NLT). Charles Trumbull says, "God knows when to withhold or grant visible signs of encouragement. It's good when He sends confirmation, but we grow faster when we've trusted Him without it. Those who do always receive the greatest visible evidence of His love." God answers prayer; it's just that across some He writes, "The time has not yet come."

    How long will it last? Job asks, "Why doesn't God... answer? " (Job 31:35 CEV). Because it takes as long as it takes -- and feels scary the whole time! Eventually your prayers become less about getting answers, and more about connecting with God. By letting Him work, you (1) begin to realize you're not alone; (2) develop a deeper level of intimacy with Him; (3) discover you can trust Him for the entire trip.
  4. PrayerWarrior316

    PrayerWarrior316 New Member

    Thank You so much for sharing such a wonderful and inspirational post with all of us.

    Blessings, Judy <a href='http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/17/17_1_22.gif' border=0></a>
  5. danny3861

    danny3861 New Member

    Thanks so much Bakron, these are both such
    great messages for us and myself. A great
    lesson to be learned and understood.

    Danny
  6. Scoobsmom

    Scoobsmom New Member

    thank you !!!!
  7. monkeykat

    monkeykat Member

    That was timely & really good.
    Monkeykat
  8. Dulcimerkid

    Dulcimerkid New Member

    Thank you for a devotion that touches me right where I am right now with trial I am going through at church.I don't know the answer but I have been praying and resolve has come. I have been asked to give up my position selecting the contemporary music at my church because they want toask someone else come in and direct and pick the music.I don't direct. This has been a labor of love for me and a ministry for me and our praise team.
    I know God is listening and will give the answer he feels best even if it's not whaat I want. but right now the answer is wait.
    thanks again,
    Laurie
  9. stagename

    stagename New Member

    have you read 'Where's God When it Hurts' by Phillip Yancey?
  10. bakron

    bakron New Member

    No, I haven't read "Where's God When it Hurts", but will sure look for it when I'm in the book store next time. Thanks for the suggestion!

    Love in Him, Jeannette
  11. NewEnglander

    NewEnglander New Member

    I really need God to put his hands back on the wheel today, this ride is too wobbly.
    thanks for posting this
    lisa
  12. LorieV

    LorieV New Member

    This was so nice - thanks so much. It
    really hit home. Just what I needed to
    start my day.

    Lorie