Thursday, April 9, 2015

SILENCE

Might I dare to assume, I am not the only one who experiences the "Silence of God"?  When I am met with days when questions hurled toward the heavens fly back into my own face with no answers?  When attempts at prayer seem endless exercises in the futility of no connection in my Wi-Fi system?



Adding to this frustration are the legions of those on the WWW who seem to have a hot line direct to The Throne.  Woman and men, who exude confidence as they communicate via the WWW and any other form of mass communication all the wisdom and answers God has showered upon them.  Those icons of the faith who are so well grounded and so close to the hand of God that they never seem to cry out in anguish and question.  As I read the poetic words of truth and encouragement gushing from their pens, I am left with the reminder of how far away I have strayed from the holy presence I so desperately need.

During these times of no "Feeling" of God's presence, I return to the vital "Head Knowledge" of who He is.  My heart may question, but my head knows the truth.  I do not have to "Feel It' for it to be so.  I am returning to the basics--to the lessons in The Book--to the promises--He gave us.  God is no liar---it is His character to only tell the truth.  So--I am holding on to the truth--remembering examples of even great men and women of the Book crying out in question--and knowing He IS a loving God---who is teaching me--because He loves me.

And when I cannot utter a prayer beyond, "Oh, God," I resort back to the prayer He taught us and utter those ancient words to Bless and Honor Him who is worthy of all praise.  Even in these moments of His silence--He is speaking loud and clear for all who have ears to hear.

1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD; 
2 O Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
Psalms 130 1-2

10 comments:

  1. Lulu, I think your post today describes exactly what 'faith' is. The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. We cling to the truths of Scripture because, as Peter said, 'Where else would we go? Only You have the words of eternal life.' 'Draw near to Him and he will draw near to you.' And please remind me of these things when I am feeling the same anguish or frustration. We are called to bear one another's burdens. I'm counting on that. I'm trusting in Him, as you are. May God bless you this day as you cling to the truth.

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    1. His words never fail us, Judy. I have a death grip on the the truth and am clinging to the hope which is only found in Him.
      Blessings!

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  2. Hi Lulu! It sure sounds like you know exactly how to combat the silence. I was just reading about when God is quiet, and from what I saw, it's a testing time. We're not supposed to rely on our 'feelings', but have faith. King David had the heart of God, but he cried out plenty to the Lord, feeling abandoned (as you quoted here). You are in good company, as the Lord wants you all to himself.
    You are being greatly blessed in this time of quiet.
    So good to see you again!
    Ceil

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    1. I have missed your words of wisdom, Ceil. Thank you for your gentle reminder that I am in good company.
      Blessings!

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  3. It is easy to dance and praise Him with hands waving in the air when everything is going fine in life. But what happens to all those people with their lovely Blogs when things go wrong - really wrong - in their lives? Do they still have their direct hotline? Or does their Faith crumble like a snowflake in hell?

    We've all experienced the silence of God, Lulu. When our prayers seem to go un-answered for days, weeks, months or even longer. I sometimes think He is busy with someone else with bigger problems than mine and He has to manage the priorities of His in-tray somehow. But ... in our frustrations and anguish even ... is it right to get angry with God and cry out "Why are you not listening to me?"

    Of course it is. He can take our anger. After all, He took all our anger when hanging there on the Cross. He knows our human nature, our fears, worries, tempations and all other feelings borne of life as it is now. And He understands and forgives time and again. Like any loving parent who is pestered time and again by a child wanting something or other - He hears, He listens, and sometimes He says "No this is not good for you. Wait, I have something better!"

    That's what we can hear in His silence when He does not answer our prayers. "I have something better. Trust me."

    I am praying for you, and for whatever it is you are praying for; that He is listening and helping your faith to grow.

    God bless.

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    1. Thank you, Victor, for always allowing God to use you to encourage others. I am trusting--and clinging to His promises.
      Bless You!

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  4. Loralu...there must be something in the water! This topic is central to the writing project I just completed. As much as we want to reduce God to a well-trained circus animal we can parade around on a leash, and the spiritual life to a formula we can manipulate (goosebumps on demand), guess what?

    In my experience, there are moments of wonder and soaring and "sensing" the nearness of God; but there are more times of clinging, trusting (just barely), hanging on for dear life.

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    1. We have to learn to live through those period of apparent silence, Len. Checking out the OT---it happens!

      I suppose the main problem is--having experienced his nearness---we long for that state of joy!

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  5. Lulu, be patient...He is always there, always listening. I can't say/add anything more as your previous commenters have already said it. (btw, I am saying LULU!!!!!!!!--shaking my finger at you, smiles) You, my dear friend, are always in my prayers. Blessings

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    1. Ah, Friend, my head knows--my heart grieves!
      Bless you and I feel the evidence of your prayers.

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