A comforting silence…

Italic Portions of this are from Oswald Chambers…

I thought this was interesting, partly because I feel like the Lord has been silent for a while, however, He has spoken to me a few times, but not with a definitive answer.

“When Jesus had heard that Lazarus was sick, He stayed 2 days in the same place where He was.” John 11:6

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 atBethany!  Imagine, your loved one passing away, and having asked Jesus to come, I would wait at the door until he showed up, and when the hours passed I would begin to doubt, grow angry as the time passed and eventually I would want to hunt Him down and bring Him to my house. But that is not what happened here, Mary and Martha waited.

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? 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. 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 said, “I asked God to give me bread, and He gave me a stone.” He did not, and today you find He gave you the bread of life.This does make me feel better, knowing that the Lord has trusted me in the most intimate way possible. I have a longing within me that simply breaks at the thought of never hearing from the Lord.

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.

Interesting thoughts uh… well, I am more confident in my relationship with the Lord, I will walk with confidence through the silence… I am reassured of His presence and will grasp onto the understanding that He will never leave me nor forsake me…


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