I read this in my devotional this morning and it’s too wonderful to hoard.
After God’s Silence – What?
Has God trusted you with a silence — a silence that is big with meaning? God’s silences are His answers. Think of those days of absolute silence in the home at Bethany! Is there anything analogous to those days in your life? Can God trust you like that, or are you still asking for a visible answer?
It’s been an interesting transition living alone this semester. Last year I had two roommates and although they both were early birds while I love to sleep till I absolutely have to wake up, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I loved having people to talk about my day with, and when it was final exams time, they were my alarm clocks when I took only one hour naps intermittently for three days. The struggle was real, but it was well worth it.
Now that I live in my single room, I appreciate my own time and privacy. I can stand and pray as loud and as long as I want, I can wake up and sleep at any time. I can video call my friends conveniently. The entire space is mine.
I’ve also come to appreciate silence. It has enabled me hear things that I otherwise wouldn’t. The chirping of birds in the morning, the soft rains some evenings. The voice of God (we’re still working on that last one) But yeah, you get the point.
God will give you the blessings you ask if you will not go any further without them; but His silence is the sign that He is bringing you into a marvelous understanding of Himself. Are you mourning before God because you have not had an audible response? You will find that God has trusted you in the most intimate way possible, with an absolute silence, not of despair, but of pleasure, because He saw that you could stand a bigger revelation.
This reminds me of when the Lord spoke with Elijah in 1 Kings 19. God was not in the earthquake, the fire, or the strong wind. He was in the soft whisper. Silence is a necessity for every believer, and although outward silence doesn’t necessarily connote inward silence and vice versa, we all should dedicate some time to sit in the silence. Just sit. Just be. Just listen.
If God has given you a silence, praise Him, He is bringing you into the great run of His purposes. The manifestation of the answer in time is a matter of God’s sovereignty. Time is nothing to God. For a while you say — “I asked God to give me bread, and He gave me a stone.” He did not, and to-day you find He gave you the bread of life.
How beautiful it is to sit and wait at the feet of Jesus. If you feel like He’s withheld something from you, don’t worry. God is bringing you an even greater blessing- His silence. He reveals secrets and explains mysteries in His silence. How blessed you are!
A wonderful thing about God’s silence is that the contagion of His stillness gets into you and you become perfectly confident — “I know God has heard me.” His silence is the proof that He has. As long as you have the idea that God will bless you in answer to prayer, He will do it, but He will never give you the grace of silence. If Jesus Christ is bringing you into the understanding that prayer is for the glorifying of His Father, He will give you the first sign of His intimacy — silence.
We often ask God for things- money, good grades, relationships and what not. But how much more beautiful live would be if we had the single most important thing ever- the abiding presence of God and an unquestionable, unshakable intimacy with God. When we have that, all these other things don’t even matter because we have it all.
Silence is God’s sign that He’s bringing you into intimacy with Him. Don’t curse the silence. Revel in it and wait for the still small voice.
(Special shout out to accountability partners who make life difficult but only for the glory of God. Thank you, although I still feel like punching you for waking me up half an hour early this morning :p)
Featured image from here.