God’s gifts don’t usually come wrapped in pretty paper and sparkling bows. Sometimes we have to grow to see the gifts God has given to us.
Consider when it seems God is silent in your life. This is frustrating to us. It may seem like God has gone on an extended vacation and we’re not sure when He will be back. As my husband continues to look for work, it seems that God has been silent, and has not been responsive to our prayers. Deep down, I know that’s not the case.
Looking back, I can see the faithfulness of God throughout my life. The lasts few months are such a brief period of time in comparison. Maybe I’m looking at God’s silence the wrong way. Maybe God’s silence is a gift.
In God’s silence, we need to trust Him even more. Consider John chapter 11, when Lazarus died. Jesus purposely delays going to see Lazarus. When Jesus arrives in Bethany, Lazarus has already been dead for four days. He comforts the sisters, and performs a miracle, raising Lazarus from the dead. There was a period of time Martha probably felt abandoned (verse 21).
When God seems silent, are we going to trust Him? Consider Mary’s response in verse 22, “But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” Martha continued to trust in God, even though her world was shattered by the death of her bother.
When we trust in the Lord, we see His faithfulness. That’s an incredible gift.
Silence is not the absence of God. Silence is an opportunity for spiritual growth, and to see God’s mighty works.
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him
As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
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Blessings on your day.
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