When God is Silent
I'm posting a quick update for accountability purposes. It's been nearly a week since my last post. God has been silent in my life and my writing.
Since July, we have added 92 posts/articles as a component of Off The Bench Ministries. Each post reflected what I was "hearing" in my spirit; usually the day it was posted. In short, I felt inspired by the Holy Spirit to write, so I did. So unless God has something to say, I should remain silent.
But I can't help myself. So while God is silent in my life, I wonder if you have experienced something similar? Have you been going along hearing from God, and then, like a shut-off faucet, the flow of communication just stopped? God goes silent.
We know that God is silent, not absent, for a reason. So what is the purpose of His silence?
Are we to speak when He is silent? Is that our opportunity to demonstrate spiritual maturity? To show what we know about His Word and live it every day? To tell others of wisdom and understanding they can derive from the Bible?
Are we to wait patiently on the sidelines like a player "riding the pine" as a temporary bench warmer? Is He testing our resolve to follow Him instead of taking the lead?
Is God looking for self-starters who will evaluate what needs to be done and then get cracking with the task regardless of the cost? Or does He recognize when we need a break from our Type A personality, send us to the sidelines and call us back when He knows we are ready?
Frankly, I don't know the answers to any of these questions. However, if I haven't written anything else by Christmas, please ask Jesus if my break time is over. :-)
May God bless you and yours abundantly as we all celebrate the season of our Lord and Savior's birth.