My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him.
When we experience ‘silence’ from God we may doubt our faith and even the existence of God. We so often are told the lie that silence signifies a negative experience. We pray, we listen and hear nothing but silence in response to our cries. We yearn for an audible voice to break the silence, to calm our growing fears and doubts.
Could 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, remaining still and listening with more than just our ears and believing that God’s unending grace will be unveiled.
I believe, 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
• The body of Jesus hanging lifeless on the cross
• The silent echo’s of an empty tomb
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 and love with us daily. When God seems silent and distant we should desire to 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 I seek I believe are found nowhere else; so I will rest, captured within the silence of God.
But it did not and has not ended there.
He is not here, for He is risen, as He said… ~Matthew 28:6