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When God Is Silent – To Know Him More

July 13, 2011

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There are times when God is silent right before He chooses to reveal Himself to us in a new and profound way. From Malachi to Matthew the world experienced what is known as the “Silent Years.” But when God spoke, the silence was broken with the life-changing message that the Messiah had come to the earth to be the Savior of the world and nothing would ever be the same.

In the town of Bethany, a friend of Jesus lay sick and dying. His name was Lazarus. His sisters, Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus, “Master, the one you love so much is sick.” Perhaps they thought they would be able to persuade Jesus to hurry…after all, He loved Lazarus “so much.” Instead of a making a mad dash to Bethany, the Bible tells us that Jesus postponed his trip for two days.

Jesus arrived on the scene to find the somber sisters grieving the loss of their beloved brother, Lazarus. If He had just gotten there sooner, perhaps Lazarus wouldn’t have died. The truth is, if He had arrived sooner, they would not have been able to see the glorious resurrection of their already decaying brother. His delay magnified His miracle and they were able to see Him work in their lives in a way they could have never seen if He would have been there four days earlier.

In My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers said that many times, “His silence is the sign that He is bringing you into a marvelous understanding of Himself.” His silence allowed Mary, Martha and Lazarus to see Him work in a way they would have missed if He had been there earlier.

Don’t faint in your season of silence, sweet friend. God may just be wanting to do exceedingly, abundantly above all you could ask or think! Your “new thing” may be just around the corner…just a whisper away. Hold on and keep doing the next thing. Never forget in the dark what God has shown you in the light.

And remember, God’s silence NEVER equals God’s absenceGod’s silence NEVER equals His inactivity. He is consistently working behind the scenes of our lives for our good and His glory! 

Are you waiting on God to move in a specific area of your life? Are you desperate to see Him work a work that only He can? What are you longing to see the Living God do when He breaks the silence and speaks that new thing into your life?

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Robin permalink
    July 13, 2011 9:00 am

    Wisdom is definitely found in your words, sister!

  2. July 13, 2011 9:27 am

    Hi Robin ~ Thanks so much for the kind words! We know if we say anything of value it’s only because of Jesus!

    Don’t you just love how God’s Word speaks so clearly to our places of need!

    So glad you’ve been digging with us! 🙂

  3. July 13, 2011 5:17 pm

    I needed this so much right here and right now. Today and the last couple of days have been so hard. I had to take time and go to my car from work and just weep. I am down to my last, faithfully praying for a marriage to a man I’ve been seperated from for 2 years, and that has shown hatered toward me like nonother. Praying for a financial breakthrough that would allow for me to take care of my children, get us a home, and security……. I am just so tired. I’ve been praying and crying out to God, I’ve just been so tired! I have to hold on to the faith that if he keeps his eye on the sparrow he’s watching out for me as well…… Learning to count it all joy.

  4. stephanieshott permalink
    July 13, 2011 10:09 pm

    C. ~ I’m so sorry your journey through this silent season is so hard! Please know that I have prayed for you and I look forward to hearing about your breakthrough soon! I’m praying that as you wait on the Lord that He will give you strength to mount up like eagles and soar above your circumstances. I pray the Lord will work in your husband’s heart and in your financial situation in a way that is exceedingly, abundantly above all you could ask or think!

    I’m so thankful for your willingness to share and for joining us in this series!

  5. Robin permalink
    July 14, 2011 9:09 am

    C – I am agreeing with Stephanie is prayer for you. Please know that God is working a great work in your life.

    • stephanieshott permalink
      July 16, 2011 11:20 am

      Robin ~ Thanks for praying with me for C. I love how cyberspace can connect God’s girls and give us an opportunity to pray for each other! 🙂

  6. July 16, 2011 8:33 am

    Stephanie, Bill and I are going through a season of silence as he looks for a job. He just retired from the Navy in May and though he is abundantly qualified for what he does he can’t seem to find an open door. We are at a point where the only money coming in is the little that I make. God seems to be so silent right now. Thank you so much for this post. I feel Gods presence right now covering me. In Gods silence I have allowed myself to feel insecure even though I know I can trust Him. My spirit has been lifted and I know we can walk this journey the rest of the way out until we He reveals His plan for us! I’m going to share this post with Bill today. I know he will be encouraged as well.

    Thank you again!


    • stephanieshott permalink
      July 16, 2011 11:25 am

      Cherie ~ I’m so honored that you would share such a difficult place in your life! And I’m so grateful these posts have encouraged your heart! That blesses me more than I can begin to say.

      I’m praying God does exceedingly, abundantly above all you could ask or think in you and your hubby’s circumstances! And I pray it will be so obviously Him that others will see the glory of God and the hand of God on your lives! That they will be drawn to the Jesus in you!

      I can’t wait to hear your praise report soon! 🙂

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