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God Amongst the Silence

Who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for a time such as this?”    -  Esther 4:14

 “There is no point to life because we cannot understand what is happening; we cannot control events that are occurring.”  Why do people say that?  Should we be different?  Can what a single person does make a difference, or are we all victims of the machine?  Can one person make a difference?  Here are some facts that affirm the power of one person:

                                   In 1845, one vote brought Texas into the Union

                                   In 1868, one vote in the Senate saved impeached President Andrew Johnson

                                                  from conviction and removal from office

                                   In 1875, one vote in the House of Representatives gave

                                                  Rutherford B. Hayes the Presidency

`                                   In 1941, one vote saved the Selective Service System

                                                   just 12 weeks before Pearl Harbor


      As one person who can make a difference, what should we do?  As Christians, what should we do?

      These are times when we struggle to hear from God.

      What do we know about God’s ways? They are not ours.  God doesn’t judge by human standards.  Maybe we can understand this to mean he moves in ways we don’t always see.  Paul states in Romans that God’s ways are unsearchable and deep and rich in knowledge and wisdom. (Romans 11:33)  Yet God is not absent; the Almighty God has a mind and a purpose.

    How do we understand the silence or “the absence of God” in such difficult circumstances?  Wouldn’t you expect this to be a time when God was most active, or so we are taught?  To understand the answer, we must faithfully believe what the Bible teaches us about God.  God’s presence is not as intriguing as his absence.  Here is how one new theologian expressed the silence:

              “His voice is not as eloquent as His silence.  Who of us has not longed for a word from God,

    searched for a glimpse of His power or yearned for the reassurance of His presence, only to

    feel that He seems absent from the moment?  Preoccupied?  Maybe even unconcerned?  Yet

    later we realize how very present He was all along.”

     Has God “left the building?”  Personally have you felt that God has left you when you needed Him most?  If so, I again recommend the reading of Esther in its entirety.  What Esther teaches us is that God is present in ways that we often cannot perceive.  God maybe seemed silent, but rest assured, God is not absent.   What is our job in these times?  We can find the answer in the actions of Esther’s uncle, Mordacai.  After discovering the plot, he assembles the Old Testament group of believers for prayer and fasting.  Here are some tips in these times of uncertainty where we often struggle to find God’s presence:

There will be times that God may seem far away, but consider this:

                  - Be sensitive to God’s intervention every day.

                   - God gave you a mind and God gave you reason.

                   - God gave you a network of people to lean on.

                  - God gave you His Word, the Bible.

                   - Walk by faith, not by sight.

                  - Listen for God to answer. Can we take the hint?  If God is silent, shouldn’t we be as well?

                  - in deliverance, PRAISE HIM!

    We’ve all heard ‘God’s timing is not our timing.’  But have you heard: The workings of God are not related to our clocks, they are related to our crises.  God doesn’t have a stopwatch connected to His response.  God moves when the time is appropriate for The Almighty to bring glory unto Him and His kingdom.

     Take courage and act is the final lesson.  Can one person make a difference?  Yes, God can and will use anyone, even you and me to accomplish His work!  He is always seeking faithful men and women.

      Where is God?  Not in the places we as humans want God to be!  Can you see how this ties into the 2nd Commandment of making God into our own image?  This is an issue of priorities.  Do we seek the kingdom first or our own interests?  Do we box God in and deprive Him of the glory due to Him?

   Here is one more reminder that you are not alone!

                                                           One Person + God = a Majority!

  Yours in the Strong Name of Jesus Christ,

                           Pastor Harry