It’s funny this image would appear in my Facebook feed this morning.
I am struggling with direction – which way do I turn, Lord? I don’t know the answer to that question so until I hear from Him I will continue with one step in front of the other doing the last thing He has had me doing until He speaks, “This is the way, go -“
I try and read an Oswald Chambers devotional every morning. Some days, to be quite honest, I have no idea what I’ve read and can only glean one sentence from a page of text. Then there are days when one of his devotionals nail me right smack dab where I am! October 11th was one of those days.
Take a minute and read that devotional below. I’ve read it several times. I must admit, I don’t like the unknown, but I dare not make a decision until I am in perfect peace with Him.
Maybe you are struggling with hearing from God right now too? Seize this – just because He is silent doesn’t mean you are alone. Scripture is clear – He will never leave you or forsake you. This I cling to like the breath I breathe.
God’s Silence— Then What?
Has God trusted you with His silence— a silence that has great meaning? God’s silences are actually His answers. Just think of those days of absolute silence in the home at Bethany! Is there anything comparable to those days in your life? Can God trust you like that, or are you still asking Him for a visible answer? God will give you the very blessings you ask if you refuse to go any further without them, but His silence is the sign that He is bringing you into an even more wonderful understanding of Himself. Are you mourning before God because you have not had an audible response? When you cannot hear God, you will find that He has trusted you in the most intimate way possible— with absolute silence, not a silence of despair, but one of pleasure, because He saw that you could withstand an even bigger revelation. If God has given you a silence, then praise Him— He is bringing you into the mainstream of His purposes. The actual evidence of the answer in time is simply a matter of God’s sovereignty. Time is nothing to God. For a while you may have said, “I asked God to give me bread, but He gave me a stone instead” (see Matthew 7:9). He did not give you a stone, and today you find that He gave you the “bread of life” (John 6:35).
A wonderful thing about God’s silence is that His stillness is contagious— it gets into you, causing you to become perfectly confident so that you can honestly say, “I know that God has heard me.” His silence is the very proof that He has. As long as you have the idea that God will always bless you in answer to prayer, He will do it, but He will never give you the grace of His silence. If Jesus Christ is bringing you into the understanding that prayer is for the glorifying of His Father, then He will give you the first sign of His intimacy— silence.