Many years ago Francis Shaeffer wrote a book entitled, He is there and He is not silent. I’ll be honest I don’t even remember what the book was about, but the title has stuck with me. I have recently found myself in a desert wasteland. I found myself unable to even read the Word. Whatever I read, was lost within moments, I could not follow anything I was reading, not even familiar passages. I was growing very frustrated at losing my ability to study God’s Word.
While on this journey I have found the song Hello Lord by Sarah Groves on my play list alot lately, as I strained to hear from a God. The Word who seemed to be whispering into my life filled with noise. Go ahead and pause before reading on, and enjoy…
Even while spending time in a noise filled silence, I clung to the promises of God I know to be true:
13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
Jeremiah 29:13-14 (NIV)
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.
Psalm 130:5 (NIV)
Clinging to these and so many other promises of God I still somehow could not concentrate enough to hear from God. All the noise of my daily life, my struggles from day-to-day, and my mind and body that were on the mend seemed to be keeping me from hearing from God, or was it? One day in my struggle I heard the Word, or should I say “a word.” I don’t remember the circumstances of the day. I know the word did not come in a flash of great insight, in a rumble from the heavens, or in a note in my mailbox, but it came.
The word was “faithful.” As I pondered the word I began to see that God was not calling me to understand, he was calling me to read. The great words of Dr. Luther came rushing to mind, “I know that I cannot by my own reason or strength, believe in Jesus Christ my Lord or come to Him, but I have been called by the Gospel, enlightened with his Gifts, sanctified and kept in the one true faith.”
It was time to let God do the heavy lifting. It was time to just practice faithfulness in reading the Word. It was time to let the Word share with me when and where He wanted. I am here to tell you Francis was so close with his title He is there and He is not silent. But in my life the title would read: “He is HERE and He is not silent.”
How about you? Are you finding the Word silent in your life? Try a little “faithfulness” and just begin reading the Word, trust me on this one, He will speak – When you are ready!