Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Silence of God

My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. Psalm 62:5 NAS

When we experience 'silence' from God we may doubt our faith and even the existence of God.  We believe the silence signifies a negative experience.  We pray, we listen and hear nothing but silence in response to our pleas.  We yearn for an audible voice to break the silence, to calm our growing fears.

But, does God actually speak loudest in His silence?

God does speak of His everlasting love, faithfulness, power, gentleness, compassion, sacrifice, righteousness and grace.   To hear that still small voice, we must quiet ourselves, remain still and listen with more than just our ears for God's grace to be unveiled.

'July Rainbow Over SE Alaska'  
© Maleko 2011
God's voice may be found in...
  • The rising & setting of the sun
  • A snow capped mountain range
  • Clouds floating across the sky
  • A bird soaring high overhead
  • The delicateness of a butterfly's wings
  • A colorful rainbow after the rain

We tell ourselves God is silent, but He is not.  We equate this perceived silence as His disappointment in our lives and nothing could be further from the truth as He daily shares His wondrous creation with us daily.

When God seems silent and distant my desire is remain there, to be captured by Him.

As I grow restless in the silence, as thoughts arise that I must seek the answers elsewhere.  I remember Peter's response to Jesus when asked in the sixth chapter of John if he wanted to go away also.  Peter replied, "Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life."

The answers are found nowhere else; so I rest, 
captured within the silence of God.

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