Do you think it might be that the reason God is sometimes silent is that there are simply no words to say?
Is it possible that the Lord is silent for 36 chapters of the book of Job because He is so grieved over what has befallen His faithful servant that He can say nothing, do nothing, but mourn in silence?
God permitted what happened to Job. He instigated the conversation with the accuser and deliberately drew Job into it. Intervening in any way to relieve Job’s suffering would have broken the terms of agreement about what the accuser can do to Job and would have affected the outcome of Job’s faith — the faith of a servant in whom God has placed His own faith.
All that God can do is weep in silence at the undeserved suffering of His servant Job.
Until it is time to reveal His own justice and restore what has been unjustly ripped away.
Are there words for God to say when David — confessedly guilty of lust, murder and possibly rape — begs for the life of his unborn child even when God has told the king through Nathan that David’s sin will result in the child’s death? The words have been said. Of all people, the king of God’s people must understand the consequences of sin.
All that can be left is for God to mourn with His servant David, in hopes that the silence will bring peace to his soul.
Until the time when Nathan’s words “Your sin is forgiven” are confirmed through the birth of a son and heir.
And in the garden where Jesus prays the same prayer for His own life, three times, sweating blood in recognition of the injustices, beatings, scourgings and crucifixion to come — what could God say? Jesus had set His face resolutely toward Jerusalem. He had predicted many times what was to come. God had already spoken publicly, twice, to identify Jesus as His Son — with the instruction to those hearing that they should listen to the Son. And one more time to confirm that He had glorified the Name, and would glorify it again.
So God watches and listens to what Jesus had committed to suffer as it unfolds in utter sin, rebellion, self-will and hatefulness on behalf of mankind. To have sent twelve legions of angels to rescue this perfect, sinless Son would have undone all the good the Son had lived to accomplish.
There were no words. Not even darkness, earthquakes and the rending of a temple veil between what is holy and what is not could express the immeasurable depth of God’s broken heart.
Until the time when He restores all things to the way they should be in heaven and on earth.
Sometimes I believe there are no words.
And even God is silent.
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Keith, You are so gifted by Our Father to help us understand His Nature, & I, among many, love your writings. Jimmy & I continue to offer prayers for Angi, you, Matt, Laura, Angi’s mo & all of us who love your family. Love you much, Andee
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“Until the time when He restores all things to the way they should be in heaven and on earth.
Sometimes I believe there are no words.”
Well said Keith! Beautiful post!
One of my favorite sermons I’ve heard in recent years included the phrase, “The things that break our hearts break His heart.”
What a blessing it is to know that we have such a God!
In the silence I remember also…the God who takes risks…. And who chooses to allow his creation to co-create with him….. And the evil in our hearts. And I grieve with him. I am glad God is sovereign. Sometimes I wish he was in control. But then, he would not be God.
Odd question, and I’m not sure why this thought just came to mind, but I wonder, does God cry? Yes, I know He is spirit, not flesh & blood, so we’re probably not talking about physical tears here… But in times of tragedy that is a result of sin/evil taking its toll on His beloved creation–is He moved to tears?
I guess the first place I know of to look for an answer would be in the fact that Jesus cried (John 11:35, Luke 19:41). But really, I just can’t help but wonder if, when we, as Christians–who are being transformed more and more into His likeness–are commanded to “weep with those who weep”, it’s because we serve a God who does the same? Because He weeps with us in our times of mourning.
“The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.” – Genesis 6:6
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