I have no idea whatsoever that this blog “God of Silence” took 3 weeks from the day the title was typed. Yes, exactly 3 Mondays ago i prayed and penned down the title to start to write..it was an urgent phone call that paused the writing. God took 21 days of silence to bring me back to the writing table.Is it a coincidence?? and i don’t believe in them as i believe in God.
Past 3 weeks was a roller coaster riding moments for me and wife, my work related pressures are the baggages i am bringing back home lately. Church, friends , peers, colleagues, bosses whoever can tap on me have been upsetting lately. We had been praying, asking, seeking, all sorts of things that can help. But it is silence that we encounter. Me and wife got upset over this chilling quietness that we encounter after every prayer session. We look at each other face with an expression that speaks —SILENCE AGAIN?
Up until yesterday we had a conversation with a lady at church who is into ministering kids, whilst sharing about our Silent God she shared her testimony of 11 years of quietness. God moved her out of the country which she felt home, out of job which is her only support and gave her an add-on health condition that made her bedridden most of the time. Prayers of 11 years are answered with only some kind of unforeseen situation that slips a step down from current situation. And one day she has been called to the current ministry to serve the Kids. Its only her faithful prayers that kept her believe that God is working on something for her. 11 YEARS not a small time..its more than 2 full terms of USA President in Office. But for God its not how long that matters…but the right time that he sees. Right time that is perfectly right for us to be in his rightful kingdom. God prepares us for a purpose, for a situation, for his mission ultimately. Sometimes it may take life time.
Speaking about lifetime, Abraham justifies perfectly. God covenant to Abram (He was still Abram) about offspring happens in Genesis 15. After that it was silence up until Genesis 21 where Isaac is born. Abraham and Sarah might have prayed about this from Genesis 15 to Genesis 21. Desperation of Sarah makes Hagar mother of Ishmael, Names get changed from Abram to Abraham, Sarai to Sarah, reaffirmation of the offspring happens again, Abraham intercedes to God , Sodom & Gomorra gets wiped out, Abraham migrates to Negev,its a long story between a covenant and fulfillment . After all these finally Abraham and Sarah are blessed with Isaac at 100 years. But it is his faithfulness during this silence that Apostle Paul encourages in letters to Hebrews.
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.(Hebrews 11:1)
Like Abraham we can move forward one moment at a time trusting that God is good and just in control.
For me and wife, God had 3 weeks of silence to make us go through situations, challenges, upsets and finally a lady at church, her testimony that completes a perfect story to describe HIM in this blog.
God’s silence is not his quietness….Hang on there, God has heard your prayer and he is working on it to give you the best.