GodReflection: Silent God: Seeking His Voice
The silence of God is the greatest test of our faith . . . Obviously, the silence of God is to be measured by other standards than that of men. – Helmut Thielicke
In my last post I made an attempt to remind myself as to how infrequently God’s voice broke into His own silence.
Intervals of thousands—sometimes only hundreds—of years passed without the sound of God’s voice.
On the surface it could look as if I’m left to converse with Silent God in a one sided monologue. How can I know my messages get through to Him?
Ok, I get it. Since I’m human—God is beyond my understanding.
Then Jesus Steps In.
The prophecy in the beginning of Matthew’s Gospels begins by his declaration that Jesus is no less than the fulfillment of Isaiah 7.
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
Immanuel seems to be my key for working with God’s silence. Jesus brings the voice of God. Jesus is “God with us”.
Jesus came as human to earth to reveal Holy God who is beyond my understanding. He came to make Him known (John 1:18).
Jesus makes God tangible. Jesus brings a photograph of God to earth.
It is as if he carries a selfie in his satchel. When he senses a persons’ desire to see God, he shows them his own portrait and God appears.
Jesus came to serve as my interpreter. Through him I begin to decipher what I can’t hear from God’s silence.
God broke His silence and spoke through Jesus.
The Son teaches me what matters to the Father. I learn God cares about people. He can’t stand the fact they suffer and go through hunger and pain. It hurts Him when they sin because each sin causes pain for His children.
He cries when His heart-ones watch their loved ones die. He hates the destruction of Satan. He longs for His children to live eternally in his perfect presence.
That is the subject of many of my prayers. I can be confident that Jesus-God hears and understands concerns we hold in common.
God provides the four inspired Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John to show me Jesus—the language of God.
All four Gospels show while the Apostle John paints beautiful word pictures. The words of Jesus become Holy art. Is it possible to listen to a Jesus-Father-collage?
The one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known . . . Whatever the Father does the Son also does . . . Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him . . . I and the Father are one . . .
If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him . . . Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? . . . Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed . . . As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.
So here is how I can interpret God’s silence.
Since Jesus came to earth to show me God—by listening to Jesus I begin to hear God’s voice.
I like the explanation of Paul, the missionary apostle: The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation (Colossians 1:15).
Is it possible that a silent God has continued to speak over the past two thousand years through the life of His Son?
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection on Interpreting God’s Silence