And he is not alone.
There are no easy answers to any of these questions or countless others like them. The uncooked concerns of real life are painful to confront. Hiding your hurt, anger, and disappointment behind facades of God-speak and mechanical piety is poison to the soul. Your spirit slowly fills with a contagion that destroys your genuine faith in God.
If perception is your reality, then I might as well just say it; from where some of you sit right now, it sure appears that God has gone silent. We read books about what He supposedly has promised to do for us whenever we pray. All of the sermons, seminars, and a million casual conversations have molded our interpretation of what we can expect from the Creator. Some of these expectations are spot-on. Some are not. Uncertainty and hesitation starts to replace our confidence in the plan of God. Over time, our faith may even grow steadily weaker. Actually, it is okay if you occasionally feel like God has grown silent and even turned a deaf ear in your direction.
It can really have a positive effect on your spiritual growth. Because when God appears to be silent:. In reality, the Creator is never truly silent or absent from our lives — it just appears that way. Do me a favor, listen carefully as I recap some important spiritual realities that you may or may not have learned on your journey thus far:. One day, a long time ago, when the great Liberator Jesus walked the earth, He encounter a man who had struggled for many years.
His son was a mute, and prone to awful seizures which were attributed to demonic possession. The man had tried everything to help the boy to no avail. Until one fateful day when the Liberator Jesus said to him,. Oh, have mercy on us and do something if you can. Perhaps it takes those seasons in the wilderness, suffering the silence of God , for us to come face to face with the doubt and unbelief that still lurks within our own human spirit. I do, I do, and I do! Lord, help us in those silent moments of doubt and despair. Strengthen our spirit so that we might have more faith in you. Joseph A.
Cerreta, PhD. Box , New Port Richey, Florida Really good stuff. Good read. Reminded me of a friend on this journey and your right, her angry cries made her relationship with Him stronger. God does not get hurt when we are mad at him or question him. He knows us and what each of us needs to get through the process. He patiently waits for us to come back.
His arms are always open. Sooo thankful for this.
Will have to chew this slowly…carefully and relish its flavor and substance. I was so blessed after reading this,iam a less fortunate mother of two kids,a boy and a girl.
Iam now 66 years old and separated from my huband. Now I am with my son and his family. Since i was a kid I considered myself as a less fortunate, because I grew up with my foster parents. I dont know my real parents.
Last year I was baptize by a pastor of Baptist church,and now I am christian. I am trying to obey our Lord in the name of Jesus. How can i forget all of the burdens in my life.? God works through silence. Forgetting those things which are behind us is not easy.
But each day, you ask the Lord to help you erase the hurts that have scarred your heart. He loves you. He will help you overcome. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.
Notify me of new posts by email. Clearly, unless God chooses to explain Himself to us, which quite often He does not, His motivation and purposes are beyond the reach of mortal man. Because when God appears to be silent: We tend to cry out to Him more frequently and with greater intensity. Editor: Bob E.
In their recent book The Silent God , Marjo Korpel and Johannes de Moor presented a provocative view on the concept of divine silence in ancient Israel. In their view, divine silence can be explained as an answer to a variety of circumstances. Additionally, they opt for the view that divine silence needs to be answered by appropriate human conduct. The essays in this volume applaud and challenge their views from different perspectives: exegetical, ancient Near Eastern, semantic, philosophical etc.
Some authors hint at the view that divine silence should be construed as an indication of divine absence. Korpel and De Moor give a learned response to their critics. More Options Prices excl. Add to Cart. View PDF Flyer. Contents About. By: Bob Becking. Pages: 13— By: Joel S. Pages: 29— By: Meindert Dijkstra.