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The Silence of God: Week 1

Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace and be not still, O God” (Psalms 83:1 KJV) In our journey with Christ, we may experience His silence at times. Here are three of five reasons for the silence of God in our lives:

  1. To get us to see something we are too busy or disinterested in looking at. “This thou hast seen, O Lord: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me” (Psalms 35:22)! “And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice” (l Kings 19:12). God wants to train you to another frequency of His voice when you cannot hear Him as you have been accustomed to in times past. Silence changes our perspective about issues and circumstances that we have predetermined the answers for.
  2. To humble us in repentance to change a course of direction or a mindset we have developed against His nature and will. Isaiah 41:1 says, “Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment.” The silence of God trains us to take on God’s heart towards those things that He doesn’t like. It increases the fear of the Lord in our lives when we discern the silence of God for the right biblical reasons.
  3. To draw us closer in dependency and fellowship with God. Zephaniah 3:17 declares, “The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” James 4:8 says, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you….” It is a promise that God will not break, despite how we feel. God also trains us for patience in His silence. This is why quality time is needed for prayer. “Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation” (Psalms 62:1).

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