November 10, God’s Silence
Today’s reading: Psalms 46-50
“When you did these things and I kept silent, you thought I was exactly like you. But I now arraign you and set my accusations before you” - Psalm 50:21.
It is common for people to consider their opinions and doctrines to be the exact replica of what God thinks and the Bible presents. The problem is that they have have reached a dangerous conclusion, for God’s silence may be simply a hardened heart on the listener’s part that causes deafness to the voice of God. You may be thinking, “How can anyone not hear God when He speaks?” but there are several examples when that exact thing occurred. One example is found in Acts 9:7: Why didn’t the companions of Saul who heard what he heard ever testify on his behalf or come to faith in Christ with him? They could not hear or see what God was doing since they too were on their way to persecute believers. And then there this example: “Then a voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.’ The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him” (John 12:28-29). Where have you assumed that God’s silence indicated His approval of your behavior or position? Are you ready to ask God today to show you where your attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors are not in alignment with His will, and are you also ready to change what He shows you? Can you see when you have said, “God, speak to me,” that He may be speaking but you may not be hearing?