Day: October 12, 2011

God’s Silence— Then What?

Oswald Chambers 90x115by Oswald Chambers

When He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was —John 11:6

Has God trusted you with His silence— a silence that has great meaning? God’s silences are actually His answers. Just think of those days of absolute silence in the home at Bethany! Is there anything comparable to those days in your life? Can God trust you like that, or are you still asking Him for a visible answer? God will give you the very blessings you ask if you refuse to go any further without them, but His silence is the sign that He is bringing you into an even more wonderful understanding of Himself. Are you mourning before God because you have not had an audible response? When you cannot hear God, you will find that He has trusted you in the most intimate way possible— with absolute silence, not a silence of despair, but one of pleasure, because He saw that you could withstand an even bigger revelation. If God has given you a silence, then praise Him— He is bringing you into the mainstream of His purposes. The actual evidence of the answer in time is simply a matter of God’s sovereignty. Time is nothing to God. For a while you may have said, “I asked God to give me bread, but He gave me a stone instead” (see Matthew 7:9). He did not give you a stone, and today you find that He gave you the “bread of life” (John 6:35).

“Any Time” Or “God’s Time”?

Vance Havner 90x115by Vance Havner 

“Shew thyself to the world….My time is not yet come: but your time is always ready.” John 7:4,6

Jesus’ unbelieving brethren thought He was not handling His publicity right. Why didn’t He get out of the backwoods in Galilee and go up to Jerusalem, the capital, where He would be noticed and could demonstrate Himself?

How little they understood Jesus! God’s ways are not ours. The church too often has followed the counsel of unbelievers and “shewed itself” to the world. God does not run His business after the pattern of this age.

“Your time is always ready,” Jesus told His brethren. The man of this world is always in season, for this is the season of this world. But when the world passes and the lists thereof, the man who does God’s will abides forever.

He who walks in God’s way has a schedule and must await God’s time for this and that. But the unbeliever “one time is as good as another.” The world knows nothing of seeking the mind of the Lord before doing this or that. But those who acknowledge Him in all their ways find that He directs their paths.

by Vance Havner