TO KNOW HIM MORE:
There are times when God is silent right before He chooses to reveal Himself to us in a new and profound way. From Malachi to Matthew the world experienced what is known as the “Silent Years.” But when God spoke, the silence was broken with the life-changing message that the Messiah had come to the earth to be the Savior of the world and nothing would ever be the same.
In the town of Bethany, a friend of Jesus lay sick and dying. His name was Lazarus. His sisters, Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus, “Master, the one you love so much is sick.” Perhaps they thought they would be able to persuade Jesus to hurry…after all, He loved Lazarus “so much.” Instead of a making a mad dash to Bethany, the Bible tells us that Jesus postponed his trip for two days.
Jesus arrived on the scene to find the somber sisters grieving the loss of their beloved brother, Lazarus. If He had just gotten there sooner, perhaps Lazarus wouldn’t have died. The truth is, if He had arrived sooner, they would not have been able to see the glorious resurrection of their already decaying brother. His delay magnified His miracle and they were able to see Him work in their lives in a way they could have never seen if He would have been there four days earlier.
In My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers said that many times, “His silence is the sign that He is bringing you into a marvelous understanding of Himself.” His silence allowed Mary, Martha and Lazarus to see Him work in a way they would have missed if He had been there earlier.
Don’t faint in your season of silence, sweet friend. God may just be wanting to do exceedingly, abundantly above all you could ask or think! Your “new thing” may be just around the corner…just a whisper away. Hold on and keep doing the next thing. Never forget in the dark what God has shown you in the light.
And remember, God’s silence NEVER equals God’s absence – God’s silence NEVER equals His inactivity. He is consistently working behind the scenes of our lives for our good and His glory!
Are you waiting on God to move in a specific area of your life? Are you desperate to see Him work a work that only He can? What are you longing to see the Living God do when He breaks the silence and speaks that new thing into your life?