Who knew silence could be so piercing? It stings as we speak words of grief, words of doubt or desperation. God where are you?
Each of us go through periods of silence, where despite our best efforts to feel God’s presence, he seems MIA, or out of the office. What are we to make of such experiences? Instead of feeling chastised by our Heavenly Father, it is important that we look back to what Scripture reveals as a change-agent from God. Our spiritual ancestors, Abraham, Joseph, and Moses, & Elijah (just to name a few) each experienced seasons of silence.
Silence is real but it isn’t fatal. In fact, when sin isn’t distancing us from God, we find God’s plan is putting distance between us and the world. It means God is working, moving forward, and gaining ground. Not convinced?
Jesus from the cross revealed the ravaging pain of seemingly irrevocable silence crying out, “”Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46) Through the most torturous moment God was bringing transformation and ultimately triumph.
This morning, as C.S. Lewis said, “the will must precede the emotions.” Regardless of what you are feeling, know that you are not alone, that you are not abandoned or alone. God is working even when he is out of sight. God bless you!