You are at that point in life, wondering if your voice is loud enough, or even if He’s listening. You are looking for movement in your circumstance. You are in search of some evidence that He’s near. You have more questions than answers. You are in pursuit of the assurance that He still loves you, and that He has not forgotten you. Amidst all this, you hit the roof with your prayers ever so often and you wonder if your ceiling is the problem. Your voice gets louder and your knees are accustomed to bending lower, but your fight seems to end in tears on your pillow.
You are not alone. Nay!
This celebrity in the eyes of God- his name is Job, has been there, standing upon this seemingly sinking stage with all lights on him. No hiding! Plenty of mocking. Loads of accusations. He knew it, he felt it, he sometimes loathed it, yet he found blessing upon this stage, and his own words are recorded for our daily calendars, our reminders in the clock of attitude, when minutes of murmuring turn into hours of complaints, and we need a reminder that we are not our own; and that there’s the Invisible Hand on the wheel, and He’s unstoppable.
So, listen to Job speak from the coffers of his pain, through the abuse of friends and the mocking of the “holier-than-thous.”
“Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job 23:8-10.
“Could it be that there’s some gold He has spotted in you that needs cleaning?
Could it be that it takes some work to get the miry clay surrounding this piece of gold out of the way?
Could it be that there’s a preciousness within you that is priceless, and it takes a scrubbing of your will, motives and faith to see clearly?
What could it be?
Could it be that self has taken a firm stand and pushing the maniac out of your life creates a shaking of the whole person; a kind of discomfort because the wall of self has for a long time found you leaning upon its pillars?
Oh friend, you are never alone. He has promised, “I am with you to the end of the age.”
Pause a little and ponder the movements around you. These are signs that His work is not finished; that He’s busy orchestrating the music of your life and designing your pattern. Your book is not closed yet.
Oh that you’d spot the evidence of the slightest movement; the reality of life’s awesomeness, and know that it is well.
Can you hear your heartbeat? It rings a bell.
Could your eye blink with your personal efforts? With tears it would swell!
Can your fingers clasp together to hold an object? It is well.
Can your feet move? Then go and tell!
Do you respond to quietude and music? The soul it lulls!
Do you spot the clouds taking their silent journey? Beyond the veil.
Do you sense a beauty in the glimmering sunset? Hope never fails.
There comes a time when humanity spots the silence of Divinity, or perceives the latter to have stopped for a while, sending the needed echoes that encourage the heart.
What meanest thou, this silence? Can Divinity be quiet?
Divine silence does not negate the presence, the presence of the Spirit Being.
It does not signify inactivity or malfunction of the Sacred order.
It does not nullify the eloquence of earlier Covenants made.
It is not an emotionless void caused by lack of words.
Divine silence is for the sake of the human being.
It allows the mortal heart to find favor with God.
It opens the human insight into seeing the way He leads.
It is a holy experience that into the heart of man He calls.
Divine silence is a voice of calm.
It beckons the listening heart “come.”
It cheers the wounded soul with His soothing balm.
It sings over His children their hearts to be won.
Divine silence is a most loud whisper.
It is a sweet tune to the heart that hears His audible echoes.
It is love at morn, peace at noon and joy at every vesper.
It evokes a delightful song at calm or amidst raging billows.
Divine silence is an academy of enrollment.
It is a school to prepare the heart for enjoyment.
It is a moment of celebration of sacraments.
It has no space for the soul’s bereavement.
Divine silence is a clear call to rise to a higher standard.
It proves Divinity can with His promises trust you.
It speaks secrets eternal to the soul of the remnant.
It means your heart to His holy will has been wooed.
Divine silence is finally broken,
When the sacred voice His will has spoken.
Its mighty power is evident to the patient and chosen.
For Divinity is once and for all risen.
Divine silence prepares the heart to receive.
For through these waiting moments the heart is relieved,
With expectations that Divinity His all gives,
The remnant can trust His secrets to continually reveal.
Next time you feel as though Heaven’s windows are not letting in sunshine through your circumstance, I hope you remember the one word from Job, “BUT.”
“But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job 23:10.
So let Him deal the miry clay a transformation that only He can; a glitter that He must, and a shine that He will. In the meantime, remember “BUT.” “But He knoweth.”
Can Divinity be silent? But He knoweth.
Be still and know that Divinity knoweth.