Girls Night In

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The Roar of Silence

on February 3, 2014

[Read 2 Kings 20:1-11]

“Turn back, and say to Hezekiah the leader of my people, Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you” (2 Kings 20:5a).

Is it wrong to be jealous of some guy who died over 2,500 years ago? Yes, Hezekiah had a problem. A big problem–he was going to die. As he faced the end, he prayed. He wept. And boom! God showed up. He knew exactly what was going on with His dying king and God didn’t just respond, He answered good ol’ Hezzie’s prayer by granting him 15 more years of life.

It doesn’t work out that way with me. I’m more like the psalmist who wrote:

“When my prayers returned to me unanswered, I went about mourning as though for my friend or brother. I bowed my head in grief as though weeping for my mother” (Psalm 35:13b-14).

I’ve become very used to God’s silence. His patient, maddening, stick-a-fork-in-my-eye silence. If only He’d say something. Anything. But we can’t make God talk. No more than He can make us listen.

What we can so easily forget is that God has spoken to us. His Word tells us everything we need to know. Answers every question. But we prefer the miracle of an audible voice, the pulsing neon sign, the sudden flash of inspiration, the epiphany.

Sure, sometimes God works that way. But not always.

So, the question is: Can I trust God and believe in His love for me based solely on what He’s promised in Scripture?

Can you?

Father God, help me to trust you even when I can’t hear You. And guide me toward the truth You’ve already provided in Your Word.


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