When God seems silent

The things which are impossible with men are possible with God”. (Luke 18:27)

No seriously, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)

This hard year, I see so much that seems impossible.

Will this pandemic ever end? Will our country ever come together in unity? Will we stop fighting with each other? And it’s not just political parties, it’s churches disagreeing too.

Will we stop celebrating what God calls sin? You know the things I mean.

Honestly, are we too far gone for revival?

Happy Monday before Christmas. Aren’t you glad you read this post?

How dark the world seems right now.

But how dark, how impossible, it surely seemed over two thousand years ago when God sent His Son.

This hard year has seemed so very long and, in many ways, God has seemed silent.

But before the virgin gave birth to the Savior, God had been silent for four hundred long years.

No prophets had spoken since Malachi. Many had given up on God. Many were going their own way.

But, there were those who still watched for the Savior.

Men like Simeon. He held out hope that God would still do what He said He would do so very long ago.

Simeon could have given up. Oh, Simeon could have stayed home that day.

Surely, Simeon had gone so many times before to the temple waiting, wondering if today would be the day his eyes would behold the Consolation of Israel, the Messiah. (Luke 2:25)

Day after day, year after long year, he had returned home without seeing the Promised One.

And for some of us, this is how this year feels. We so want to see the Lord in the midst of this hard year, but He has, at times, seemed so very silent.

But like Simeon, we have to remember what God has told us. We have to hold onto the promises.

Simeon knew the Holy Spirit had told him to go to the temple to see the Messiah. (Luke 2:27)

I’m sure Simeon’s aging body was tired. It would have been easier for the old man to stay at home. Surely, he had chores to do there and a favorite chair beckoning for his old bones to rest.

But the Holy Spirit had revealed to Simeon that his human eyes would behold the Messiah before he died. (Luke 2:26)

And every day, despite the waiting, despite what others were doing, Simeon intentionally made himself ready to see the promise fulfilled.

Simeon’s faith affected his daily life.

Real faith does that.

Certainly our flesh won’t always feel like doing the things that put us in the position to see the Lord and His promises fulfilled in our lives.

Setting aside time to daily read the Word and pray, and choosing to obey God even when our culture goes the other way, will require each of us to fight our own flesh.

And it will be a daily fight, to keep looking, to keep listening for the voice of the Lord, and surrendering to Him in obedience.

And waiting is hard. It always has been And especially when we desperately want to see God move or hear Him speak.

But He is at work.

There is nothing too hard for Him. He is still working hard things together for good— even the hard things of this hard year.

Let’s keep watching and waiting and believing.

We will see Him at work in our lives.

Oh, it won’t happen every day.

Like Simeon there will be days we won’t see or hear a thing. But as we keep going, as we keep seeking, as we keep obeying, we too, will see the Lord fulfill His promises!

Oh friend, blessed is she who believes and keeps seeking!

Oh Lord, may we see You in this day and follow You so others may see You in us.



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