Today’s Word Cup is brought to you by my wife Lady Robin Baker
Job 23: 8 – 10 (NIV) But if I go to the East, he is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him. 9) When he is at work in the north, I do not see him; when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him. 10) But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.
Job knew that the Lord was everywhere present; but his mind was in such confusion, that he could get no fixed view of God’s merciful presence. God seemed to stand at a distance, and frown upon him. As Christians, many of us experience times in our spiritual lives when it feels like God is silent. For reasons we don’t understand, we’re unable to sense His presence, feel His comfort, or hear His direction. And although we may be following Him as best we know, our spiritual lives feel dry and He seems more distant than ever.
The year 2011 was a tough year for me. It was a year where I felt that God was silent. Not because God had withdrew from me, but because I had withdrew myself from God. In doing this I found myself doing things I know I should not have been doing, even found myself in places I did not belong. I became depressed, lonely, spiritually dead and unable to sense the presence of God. I was hurting so bad; and I had hit rock bottom and was about to lose everything. I was so broken and I wanted to know why God wasn’t fixing me. Where was God when I needed Him the most? I was so bound by my sin I could hardly hold my head up and face people. I needed God to free me and he was nowhere to be found. He just seemed to be silent.
I began to cry out to God in repentance, God please forgive me can’t you see I’m broken? Fix me! And that’s just what He did. The yoke that had me bond was now broken. You see God had been working in the back ground all along, for when I began to brake he was there picking up the pieces wrapping them in greatness before molding me into a new vessel. Today I can say I am free! I say like Job in V10 “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold”. I am convinced that God was silent during this period of my life because he wanted to show me something. That without him I am nothing! (Real talk) But with him the possibilities are endless!!!
Sisters and Brothers, You may feel that God has not answered your prayers, or maybe you asked him for something and you haven’t received an answer, or maybe you are broken and in need of restoring. Do you feel as though God has abandoned you? Has God been silent in your life? God may use silence as a means of working out His spiritual purposes in our lives. And through the silence there will come essential spiritual growth and a deeper commitment to Christ. Find Him through the silence and emerge with a greater sense of purpose and a deeper connection with Christ and His love. God has not abandoned you, He is still working on your behalf even in the silence.
Be blessed beautiful people of God!