Monday, 11 April 2011

On....'His silence'

But if I go to the east, he is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him. When he is at work in the north, I do not see him; when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him.  But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.

Job 23: 9-10

The absence of the 'feeling' of His presence cannot be concluded as His absence. His 'silence' does not diminish His Omniscience or His Omnipotence. I usually equate those quiet moments as having to do with sin. Its true...sin separates us from God. But its not the whole story. Even when I don't know where He is....He knows where I am. When God does speak to Job at the end of the story, it's obvious that He had been there all along, through the death of the children, the death of the business, the death of everything. Problems are not an indication that God has forgotten us..'Many are the afflictions of the righteous....but the Lord delivers.' Sometimes I think He's always speaking but its me who isn't always listening but its comforting to know that He is always there. 

Lord teach me to trust you in the silent moments and the grace to obey You when You do speak.


Maid of Heart said...

Oh Zoe, I loved that bit about God being there through all of Job's calamities. He was there all along and His silence DOESN'T for one second infer He wasn't there or that He didn't care.

God boasted of Job before his troubles. God must have had faith in Job not just for his righteous lifestyle but knowing that even when he is afflicted, he wouldn't stop serving God. The story of Job is not about Job's faith but God's faith in him.

May we in His silence find Him through our total trust and surrender in Him.

This has made my day.

Have a beautiful week, dear Zoe and may your head never lack the oil of His presence.

ayomipo said...

i have found that i can hear God the loudest when he is "silent"...

Myne Whitman said...

Another inspiring post, thanks for sharing. Do have a lovely week.

The Life of a Stranger called me said...

Lord teach me indeed in Jesus Name. Amen.

dosh said...

wow! this spoke straight to my heart.i noticed His absence a couple of weeks ago and it wrecked me to pieces but truth is He was just silent(as i just learnt) for a little while to teach me a big lesson and i'm grateful for that.

God bless you for sharing

Jaycee said...

This ministered to me. I love your new writings, Zoe. Thank God for allowing your pen to be used. :)