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When God is Silent
There is a temptation one feels when God puts us into a place of relative silence.
The enemy whispers you are a bastard son/daughter because your Father isn't speaking loudly at your beck and call.
And because you don't know where to go, you feel as though you may have lost your way. Perhaps that's only a distorted way of looking at your situation, given that the deceiver only offers deception despite his knowledge of the Bible and God's words.
What if God isn't abandoning you or ignoring you but He's more attentive to you than you could ever imagine? We often feel like we're so insignificant in the grand scheme of things. The world has so many problems and Goliaths to overcome and here I am just a small cog in the tapestry of life. But that's certainly not what David believed on his best days. He proclaimed that the thoughts God had about him were more than the sands of the sea. What an outrageous thought when you really dwell on it.
Could it possibly be true that God has the capability to care so deeply for someone seemingly so small and insignificant?
When the first love fades you are sometimes left with an enduring silence, one can feel so weary to believe they have done something wrong to be led to so dry a desert. Instead of viewing these trials as abandonment and loss, perhaps we need to adjust the way we see them. Yes, perhaps God is being quiet, but that doesn't mean you did anything wrong. What if He is merely showing you a constructive love that transforms you while using silence as a tool? Like the master carpenter He is, He could be fine-tuning your soul and spirit in ways you never thought could benefit you and to move away from that, to resist that feeling of loneliness with God is to move away from the potter's hand. Often we seek the easiest way out by moving quickly and trying hard to "do things" that please God. Not that acts of kindness and fulfilling your calling aren't warranted but there are some victories that do not come from striving and perhaps your soul needs silence. The Pharisees used their righteous acts to prove to God that they were the holiest and most deserving of a relationship with God yet it was the one who knew well of their weakness that Jesus chose to be His closest friends. I suppose this is a reminder to my readers to not always assume they are doing something wrong if they don't know where to go. Instead of fighting that feeling of loneliness with God, maybe we should embrace that weakness. For when we are weak, He is strong.
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