“O God, whom I praise, do not remain silent,...” (Psalm 109:1)
Five years ago I suddenly lost my dad. It was very hard to wrap my head and heart around a future without him. Then, six months later, I lost my mom. That year or so was very hard because I thought I would always have my parents around. It was also hard because I felt that God was silent during that period of suffering and mourning.
Have you ever felt like God was silent? Like He didn’t care about what you were going through? You aren’t the only one because even the writers of Scripture felt God was silent at times and pleaded with Him to not be silent. The Scripture above was written by King David who begged God not to be silent during his time of affliction. But, what if God doesn’t answer? What if God is silent?
Sometimes God is silent, but that silence doesn’t mean that He doesn’t care nor does it mean that He is not still working in our lives. Zephaniah 3:17 says, “The Lord your God is in your midst...He will quiet you with his love....” Sometimes God is silent because His silence is what we need at that time. He sits and listens as we complain, vent, shout, etc. He listens because He knows that we need to get it out and once we do, He quiets us with His great love for us. He swoops in and wraps us in His arms so that His love can surround us in our hurt. God doesn’t get offended with our stress and frustration; He runs to it.
Jesus did not shy away from those who were hurting. He drew near to those who were hurting. He listened. He observed. But, when he did speak, He spoke life, love, grace, and hope. God will be silent at times, but He does this to quiet us with His love so that when He does speak, we will listen.
Question: Have you felt the silence of God?
Challenge: Memorize Zephaniah 3:17.
Prayer: Thank you God for being silent so that you can quiet us with your great love.
Ryan Reveley, League Coordinator -- Appalachian League