6 Thoughts on God's Silence

Soul Snack 91/14 ... Bouncing into my Inbox last Saturday were two emails separated by half the world. Almost with a simultaneous precision they both raised the same dilemma - Why is God silent to me?

This is a common lament to men who desire to explore life's spiritual realities. It is a fearful thing to worship a silent God. Both the Psalmists and prophets wrestled likewise with God:

TO God, do not remain silent; do not turn a deaf ear, do not stand aloof, O God. (Psalms 83:1)

Some brief thoughts:

  • God is not like man, He does not chatter aimlessly; for where there are many words sin is not far way. (Proverbs 10:19)
  • God's silence does not indicate his disinterest, disapproval or inattention. He is never too busy for His child.
  • Silence is not to dispel faith but to multiply it. Faith is choosing to move forward even under a quiet heaven. It is a confirming grace of Divine intimacy.
  • God may not in fact be silent, but the ability to hear may have been filtered or lost. (Often I fear through busyness, our own inattention.)
  • God whispers and He does not yell as man would do to gain attention. It is an imperative to be close. (1 Kings 19:12)
  • God does speak. He reveals Himself and His intentions to His prophets, those who fear Him  and the humble. (Psalm 25:9 & 14, Hosea 12:10, Amos 3:7)

God's apparent silence may be deafening, but Oswald Chambers explained that silence as God's gift, is the first sign of intimacy with Him.

Today's Soul Snippet:

Your heart is completely transparent before the Lord and still He loves you.

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