What do you do when God is silent? When you cry out to God and there is no answer, or at least you can’t hear it! In life, the most difficult question one could ever come across is this – “Where is God when it hurts the most? or Why is He silent at times?”
Well, the truth is sometimes God is silent because we aren’t ready for the message. He wants to talk to us about something, but we aren’t ready to listen to His voice. Evangelist Billy Sunday used to say that a sinner can’t find God for the same reason a criminal can’t find a policeman- he’s not looking.
God is sometimes silent because He knows we aren’t willing to obey. He is always ready to show us His will, but He shows His will only to those who really want to do it. Obedient people always hear the voice of God.
Finally, sometimes God is silent that He might test us – to teach us the importance of silence, the importance of waiting on Him. Friends, the silence of God is one of the difficult tests of faith. What should we do when He is silent?
Well at such times, we all should remember that His faithfulness doesn’t depend on our abilities nor our situations but everything depends solely on His Grace. Waiting helps remind us of God’s sovereignty. Live today on what He has already told us. Trust Him and wait for we will hear the voice of God again.
The ancient city of Jericho was a great walled city. History tells us that it was surrounded by 2 massive stone walls. The outer wall was 6 feet thick and 20 feet high. The inner wall was 12 feet thick and 30 feet high. There was a 15 foot guarded walkway between these two walls. From a military standpoint, it was practically impenetrable. This great walled city stood as an obstacle between the people of Israel and them claiming all that God had for them. Before they could go deeper into the land of Canaan, Jericho had to fall first.
For us, this ancient city represents those things that are entrenched and rooted in our lives that prevent us from going on with God. Oh, we all have them! Regardless of how pious you may want to think you are, there are things embedded in your life that hinder your walk with God. It may be some besetting sin that prevents you from going deep in the things of God. It may be the root of bitterness and unforgiveness that stands between you and God’s best. It may be some old, bad attitude that is holding you back. It could be something from your past that you continue to struggle with to this day. Whatever it is, its a stronghold in your life and it stands between you and God’s best for your life. Before you will ever receive all God has for you, that stronghold must be torn down!
My friends, when you come to the place where you can identify the strongholds that are in your life, and God, by His power brings those things down for you. You must rise up and make sure that every trace of those things is forever eradicated from your life! Some things must not be allowed to live! If we defeat them today and don’t do away with the root of the problem, that stronghold will rebuild itself in our lives and be stronger than ever. Next time, it will harder to bring down!
Think about it, the problem with Jericho wasn’t the city! The problem with Jericho was the people in the city. They hated God and all He stood for and they had to perish! So, whatever it takes to root out the strongholds in your life, I challenge you to do it today for God will enable you to see those things put to death forever!
In Life when we face difficult situations and we feel that we are in a “tight corner”. Then most of us don’t realise that its the most opportune time of our lives. Because in such situations, when we are all alone ie, the time we will come closer to God and God will reveal His character in our lives.
Friends, don’t despair when we are facing tough situations because remember this, enlarged troubles lead to an enlarged life, which leads to an enlarged place and enlarged paths. But in order to reach that place, we need to understand the purpose and plan of God as to why did He permit tight corners in our life?
Well, the profound answer to that question is- “God wants us to grow in life!” In life, we will have problems but God encourages us. God’s blessings are designed to do more than simply comfort us in our difficulties; they are to help us grow. So get your eyes off the enemy and on the Lord. Take strength from knowing that God is weaving His purposes into your life and that He will reward your trust in Him.
Some may ask, “What is so important about being broken before the Lord?” Well, the answer lies in the fact that God uses those who are broken in a greater way than those who are rigid and unyielding to His will.
When I refer to brokenness, I am not talking about people running around in sackcloth and ashes. Neither am I referring to those who climb stone stairs on their knees to try and impress God. I am referring to a state of the heart that dwells in humility before the Lord.
It is a heart that sees itself just as it is and, it also sees the Lord as He is. It is simply a state of openness and honesty before the Lord. Likewise, when the poor widow broke the seal of the little pot of oil and poured it forth that God multiplied it to pay all her debts and to supply a means of her support.
Friends are you facing some tough situations in life? Are you on the verge of the breaking point? Let me personally encourage you by saying this – “Yes, the Lord blesses broken things!” God uses for His glory those people and things which are the most perfectly broken. For they are the sacrifices in which He delights!