This is in response to the question asked by Theodore in the last post. I wasnt sure how exactly to respond and i asked – we never have all the answers, do we?, well this is a response i got from a dear friend and after reading it, i concluded it wasnt good for theodore alone (*wink*)…
I hope you will be as blessed as i was!
Why is God always Silent – By Sina
“God is too varied in His dealings with each of us to put Him in a box and sometimes it’s easy to fall into the same trap as Job’s friends who thought they were defending God but had no idea of his peculiar dealings with Job.
Theodore said God is tooooooo silent most times. I tend to agree with the ‘tooooooooo’ bit but not the ‘most times’ bit (Again, I only speak for myself; His dealings with Theodore may be different).
All exceptions and limitations noted, this is what I think (in summary):
1 God is always talking to us – sometimes we hear, sometimes we don’t (maybe because we’ve fixed our gaze/ears in one direction). I can’t count the many times I’ve asked for specific direction about something, waited and waited and nothing… but looking back a few months/years down the line, I see that He had actually spoken… I just didn’t hear Him.
2 God can’t violate His Word; so irrespective of His peculiar dealings with each of us, some promises remain true – I’ll counsel you and watch over you; I’ll show you the way that you should go; acknowledge me in all your ways and I’ll direct your steps…, etc.
3 This draws from (2) above – what I think is most important is ‘direction’ from Him. As long as I know that God is directing my steps (like He promised), then, I don’t necessarily have to kill myself when I feel i dont hear from him (even though I’d love to – especially on the ‘what do I do?’ issues).
4 I believe a good indication of how much God trusts the depth and sincerity of your faith in Him is how much He allows you to “walk in the dark”, knowing that you will not turn back.
The ‘lambs’- He (breast)feeds, cuddles, and generally handles with great care but the more mature ‘sheep’ He takes care of; sometimes from afar (not less love and attention but less hand-holding).
He allows them to roam within the set boundaries of the sheep pen, His eyes always watching; ready to act if the sheep transgresses or a thief approaches.
Sometimes, He does ‘feed’ a ‘sheep’ just like a ‘lamb’ (John 21:15-17).”
That is one persons answer to the question —
Let me know what you think…