When God is Silent… !



 

 Gen.8:1,Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark.’

Noah found grace and favor in the sight of the Lord. Soon he was instructed to construct an ark based on the measurements given by heaven. Noah did all that he was commanded to do and just as the Lord said, two of each living things entered into the ark along with Noah and his family. It rained for 40 days and 40 nights and the earth and its mountains were all submerged in waters. All other living beings and the human beings who remained out of the ark got drowned in this great flood waters. God finally accomplished what was in his heart. He had judged the earth for its rising wickedness.

Once we feel that the Lord’s purpose is fulfilled, we next expect the Lord’s next action. Noah too might have expected now to see the flood waters recede. But Gen.7:24, ‘And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days.’  The earth remained submerged in the waters, with the ark above it for 150 long days and Noah did not hear anything from the Lord these  days. Noah experienced a silence from the Lord.

At times, we all go through this phase of life. Inspite of all our prayers and obedience to the Word of God, we experience God’s silence over our heart breaking issues. Floating in an ark with no helm, with no destination, with all dead bodies floating around and the silence from heaven could have easily shaken Noah’s faith. But he held on to his faith without wavering.  When God seems to be silent, the only response expected from us is to keep hanging on to the faith without wavering & without doubting. For the Lord who promised us is faithful (Hebr.10:23). God remembered Noah after these 150 days of silence. It was not that he had forgotten about him. For His eyes always watch over the righteous (Ps.34:15). But He had His own ways and time to do things . And in the process, Noah was tested and approved.

Gen.19:29, ‘And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot had dwelt.’ Abraham was yet another person who experienced a long silence over his most painful issue. He longed for a child and the Lord blessed him with a promise for same. Yet for years, there was silence. But he continued to be faithful to the Lord even while he passed though that heart breaking silence. Lot, his nephew chose the better part while departing from him (Gen.13:7-12). Yet, when God destroyed Sodom and Gomorah where Lot dwelt, Abraham faithfully interceded for him (Gen.18:20-33). And God did remember Abraham while judging those wicked cities. When God remembers us, He also remembers our pains, our issues and all that is concerning us. But to be remembered by Him, we need to be faithful in all responsibilites given to us, even while His silence over us persists. God visited Sarah just as He said and blessed them with the promised child(Gen.21) 

1 Sam.1:19, Then they rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord, and returned and came to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. Hannah was mocked by Peninah for being barren. The Lord had closed her womb. But God strengthened her to rise up and offer prayers and supplication. Hannah poured out her heart before the Lord and asked for a boy child, whom she would give for the Lord’s work. The Lord promised her a child. The phrase ‘God remembered her’ clearly speaks that Hannah had to go through a period of silence before finally recieving the promised baby Samuel. But during this silence, we see a Hannah who had started loving the Lord more than the child for whom she waited for long. In 1 Sam. 2, she sings a song, rejoicing in the Lord soon after she gives her child to Eli, the priest just as she had vowed. No mother can smile after departing from her long awaited child. But Hannah was a different mother. As she experienced God’s silence over her painful issue,  she grew in love for the Lord. Hence, the pain of departure from her only child was no more unbearable. Serving the Lord though that pain was much more important for her. As we go through the silence of the Lord, let’s learn to rejoice in the Lord and His Word. May we grow in the love for the Lord. In due time, the Lord remembered Hannah and blessed her.

God’s ways are above our ways and His thoughts are above our thoughts (Is.55:8-9). As we experience this truth in our lives, we go through a silence. Even when He is seemingly silent, He is not actually silent. For His eyes closely watch us and His heart absorbs every moment of pain. Our response during such times matter much, which ultimately mold us and carry us to the desired destination. Noah held on to his faith strong and steadily, Abraham proved his faithfulness and Hannah rejoiced in the Lord during the days of silence.  How are we responding ? Is our faith crumbling ? Is the silence causing unfaithfulness towards the divine responsibilites handed over to us ? Are we mourning instead of rejoicing in His salvation ? Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever (Hebr.13:8).

When we think that our Lord is silent, let’s realize that he is silently transforming us so that we do not miss the promise of eternal life in Christ Jesus. Such moments are moments of construction, not destruction. Lets be mindful of the fact that just as the nature displays His glory in silence, His silence intends to display His glory, provided we are faithful, strong in faith and we continue to rejoice in Him. May God make us platforms of display of His glory at all times of our lives.

God bless us all

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