“Father Can You Hear Me?”, have you ever had a moment or moments in your life, where you had to pause and ask God if he was listening. I am not sure about you but the moments in my life where God is silent, always give me much room for pause.I want you to imagine with me if you will that you are sitting in your favorite room, in your favorite chair watching the evening newscast. The evening news cast is going along very well, but all of the sudden there is a moment of silence, that is unexplainable. This moment of silence is every broadcaster’s nightmare, dead air. The moments of silence though seconds seem to last an eternity. The anchorwoman is quick witted and says something catchy, “Ladies and Gentlemen, the forgoing moment of silence, was brought to you by, Your Friends of The Library”.
The sad reality of the matter is simply that you and I live in a world where we have become so accustomed to noise, even background noise, that we have become fearful of silence. No wonder it rattles us when God is silent. It would be great to be like Moses, and be spoken to through a burning bus, or what about Elijah who had a running conversation with God his entire life, or better yet, Enoch who walked with God.
Have you ever had neighbors, family and friends who will come up to you and say, “The Lord was telling me….”, so then afterward we cry out to God, asking him why he is so silent with us? Silence when you are not used to it, can be a painful adjustment, but silence from God is agonizing. The Silence is agonizing, when we our lives are being afflicted, we are facing difficulties, struggles and times of transition. It often seems to us that we turn to God, for an answer, and we are met with silence. The writer of Psalm 102, verse 1 through 7, found himself in a very similar situation, and we can learn some lessons from him.
Hear my prayer, O Lord; let my cry for help come to you. Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly. For my days vanish like smoke; my bones burn like glowing embers. My heart is blighted and withered like grass; I forget to eat my food, because of my loud groaning I am reduced to skin and bones. I am like a desert owl, like an owl among the ruins. I lie awake; I have become like a bird alone on a roof. Psalm 102 1-7
My friends, this I know for sure. When God is silent, we become upset, our hearts are broken, we become confused, our faith weakens. The reality is, we simply don’t know what to do with God’s silence. I have never been a drinker, but arguably the most lethal cocktail is God’s silence and our on pain. The writer of Psalm 102 is in distress, his feels as if his life is disappearing before him, he apparently is very ill, so ill in fact that the fever has reached his bone. To add to his distress his heart is breaking, he has lost his appetite and he is unable to sleep, he is simply wasting away, to skin and bones. The writer feels that he is simply dwelling among the ruins of what used to be his life. The writer feels like a reject, he feels like he is all alone, and to add insult to injury, God is silent at this critical junction in his life. Have you ever found yourself wishing that God has a complaint box? Good news, God does have a complaint box, and he has express shipping too! 🙂 Because God is silent I can imagine that the writer is prompted to ask , If God is hearing his prayers, because he is pouring out to him from his heart. Are you able to identify with him? When God is silent, it is a reminder to us that God is Sovereign and we are not, he will speak when, where and how he chooses, not when we demand it. God is not an idol, he’s Sovereign. God’s silence also displays his grace, we don’t miss something that’s not real. When God is silent it’s painful, because we long for the reality of his presence in our lives. Those profound moments of silence are also profound moments of his presence. We only hunger and thirst for the things that are real.
God’s silence in our lives is a blessing and divine reassurance, and even though periods of silence are difficult and we find ourselves asking “Father can you hear me”, we know that God has promised to never leave us and to be with us.Allow the silence to also become a time of reflection and gaining new focus often we become so distracted by the many tasks of life, that it take a period of silence from God to get us back on track. Just because God is silent, don’t worry that he is not present and active in your life.