Is God Silent?
Often we say to ourselves that we are waiting to hear from God, or perhaps we're just "praying on it," and waiting for The Lord to speak. This is highly admirable, I mean, who would want to make a move without God's favor, without His direction? No one wants to move before the Lord speaks. But I pose a query... Is God Silent?
Are we sure that The Lord hasn't spoken to us already? Better yet, could he be speaking to us even now? We understand that God is not human. He no longer roams the earth in human form touching, tasting, feeling, smelling, SPEAKING, with us on a fleshly level. He has ascended back to Glory and resumed his strictly Spiritual contact regimen with mankind. So what does this mean? It's simple. God is not going to make a pair of lips materialize out of the clear blue and shout directions at you. When he speaks it will be a Spiritual communication, so in order to hear Him, you're going to have to bypass your "mind" and listen with your spirit man.
Truth is, The Lord never ceases to speak to us. The conversation only seems intermittent because we are seldom in the right "state of spirit" to recognize his direction. The Lord guides us through thoughts, and ideas. Through trials, tribulation and adversity. He speaks through situations and circumstances, constantly bringing to our remembrance those things he's taught us through his word.
We all want fire to fall from the sky to confirm God's approval. We'd find comfort in hearing a thunderous chorus of harmonic excellence, telling us audibly, "thus and so." However, the bible paints a very different picture of God's dialoging with man. In 1Kings 19: 11-12, God's voice is described as such,
11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:
12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after
the fire a still small voice.
Could it be that The Lord has been speaking all along, but since it didn't come in the tone we were expecting to hear, we just ignored His voice? I read a story once about a man who was stranded at sea, with nothing but a small raft to keep him afloat. A man came by on a speed boat and offered him a ride, but the man responded, "No thanks, I'm waiting on the Lord to rescue me!" A second man came by on a fishing boat and again offered him a lift. The man responded once again, "No thanks, I'm waiting on the Lord." Finally, the captain of a cruise ship stopped and offered the man a luxurious ride to shore. Still the man persisted, "No thanks, I will wait on The Lord." Eventually, the man's raft gave out, and he was too exhausted to swim any longer. The man drowned and died in the middle of the sea. When he went before God for his final judgement, he questioned God with great disappointment asking, "Lord, I had perfect faith that you would save me. Why did you let me down?" The Lord answered the man saying, "I sent you two boats and a cruise ship! What more did you want me to do!?"
My point is this, Let's say, Hypothetically, You fall in love with someone as a kid. You even prophecy to yourself that this is the person you are going to marry. You lose contact, end up on different sides of the world. Grow up, get married, have kids..etc. You never even consider cheating on your spouse, but you guys somehow wind up together anyway, both divorced. They make mistakes, and as much as you want to, you cant hate them. You still end up back together. You make mistakes, but as much as they want to, they cant hate you. You still end up back together. Each time you see the person, no matter how much time has elapsed, (sometimes decades) its as though nothing has changed at all. As though the glorious marriage you described in your childhood diary was penned only yesterday.
Not only that, but honestly, the two of you are still in love. Perhaps even more than before. Are you equally yoked? Absolutely! like to peas in a pod. Is it what God would have for you? Well let's see... They are saved, sanctified, filled with the Holy Spirit, and most importantly they love you. Also... you love them.
Hmmm? How loud must your "mind" be shouting thoughts of doubt, fear and worry in order to completely drown out the conversation God has been trying to have with you for nearly 20 years? Hypothetically, of course! ;-)
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying don't pray on it. Quite the contrary, pray hard! all I'm saying is, while you're waiting for your answer and constantly bombarding The Lord with your multitude of questions, be sure to ask yourself one question as well....