If only I knew where to find him; if only I could go to his dwelling! Job 23:3
Finding someone who does not want to be found can often be very difficult. It is easy for a person to hide in this world. This is even with the high technology of tracing someone through cell phones or credit cards. If one really wants to hide, it is possible.
There are times when some people want to just be alone. They go into hiding in various ways. Often stopping the normal things that they do. Other times they move to a new location to bring on anonymity.
Job had the problem of trying to find God in everything that was occurring in his life. Everywhere he searched, he was unable to find God. He wanted to talk with God about what has happening. Yet, during all of this God was silent and staying hidden, out of sight.
God is outside man’s physical realm of seeing, touching or hearing. With this being the case, if He does not want to be found, no one will be able to find Him.
There are times when God is silent. He chooses not to speak or reveal Himself openly. This usually occurs during a time of testing. He is testing someone to see how faithful he is to Him and how much he trusts Him.
As a believer is going through a harsh testing, God is standing back and watching what will happen. Too often, a person gives up on God, because he does not understand what is happening and loses faith in God. He no longer fully trusts God.
If a person holds on to what he knows about God, he will realize that God is faithful and will always be there, even when not seen or felt. God will not and cannot go back on His promises.
Just as Job held on to his faith in God, you must also hold on to your faith in God when going through a difficult time. God may be silent, but that is when He has His eyes on you and is proving how you will react to your situation.
Do not give up your faith in Him, but know that despite how it looks or feels, God is right there by your side. He will never leave or forsake you, though He may be silent for a time. Keep searching for Him and He will be found in the right time.
I pray today that you will have a personal relationship with God; that you will know His promises to you; that you will trust God in every situation; and that you will hear God’s voice every day.
He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. Isaiah 53:7
The passage that this verse is found in has the most direct prophecy about Jesus of any of the verses in the Old Testament. It gives the reason that Jesus came to the earth. He came to give His life as a sacrifice for the sins of every person.
Here it talks about how Jesus was silent as he was being led to the slaughter. The word slaughter brings about the picture of something being mutilated very badly. He was not just killed in a simple clean way. Before Jesus was even put on the cross, He was beaten and whipped severely, and then had a crown of thorns forced on His head. After all of the extreme brutality done to Him, He was nailed to the cross to hang upon and die. Even while on the cross the people ridiculed Him.
In all of this torture He was silent, because Jesus knew that going through all of that was God’s will for His life. There was a purpose and He hung onto that purpose. That purpose was to bring a full, abundant life to every person on the earth. It had nothing to do with Himself, but everything to do with everyone else.
Being silent is not something easy to do when others are doing wrong to you. People today are very quick to draw up a lawsuit in slander or abuse. Quick to call on authorities to get an arrest made. Quick to throw people in prison or give the a fine.
As you are going through a situation in which someone is slandering you or being rude to you, seek out God’s direction for your actions. Is what is happening occurring because of your belief in God? Or did you actually do something wrong?
If it is because of your belief, ask God to strengthen you to allow Him to be in control. Allow Him to get the vengeance. As Jesus did, show love and mercy. Keep silent while under affliction for Him. Don’t strike back with words that will hurt. Speak in love or keep quiet.
I pray today that you will know the love Jesus has for you; that God will strengthen you to love your enemies; that God will guide you when in affliction; and that you will be a witness of the love of Jesus to everyone.
You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. LORD my God, I will praise you forever. Psalm 30:11-12
Seeing a person who is filled with extreme joy is a rare occurrence. Seeing someone who is filled with extreme joy, while going through a trial is even more rare.
When a person is seen who is filled with joy, many people often wonder why he is filled with joy? What gave her such happiness? What went right for that person?
Usually it is something that they had been desiring had occurred. Something had went right for that person to bring on that great joy.
Looking around, it is easy to find reasons to not have much, if any, joy. However, believers have something going for them that should give them great joy. The beginning of a believer’s joy is that God has forgiven his sin. God has removed the sackcloth of shame and sorrow and clothed him with joy and peace that Jesus can give him.
Looking around and seeing the trouble in this world can bring much wailing. The challenges and trials in life can weigh a person down. However, looking up to God and seeing how He is in control and will overcome the sin of this world, should bring about dancing.
God has also filled you with His Holy Spirit. One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is joy. When God comes and places His Holy Spirit in a believer, that person should be filled with joy.
Think of how many times God has answered a prayer for you. Allow those times to fill you with joy. Think of how many times God has spared something worse from happening in your life. Give God praise for those times.
As you look at your life and see what God has done for you, start dancing and praising Him. Do not allow yourself to be silent in what God has done in and through you.
What can you praise God for today?
Are you silent?
Or are you loud before God?
I pray today that you will know the joy of God’s presence; that you will see that God has removed the old clothes; that your heart will be filled with extreme joy; and that you will sing songs of praise to God.
“One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.” Acts 18:9
Paul had went to the city of Corinth to bring the gospel message. As he was speaking there many people started believing in Jesus. Along with those people believing in Jesus there were also many who did not want to believe in Jesus and opposed Paul. Paul was preaching to the Gentiles and the Jews were upset with that. God comes to him in a vision and tells him to not be silent.
When the world starts telling you to be silent about witnessing about Jesus, it is easy to want to back off. Fear of what they appear to be able to do often stops many from speaking. People will fear the loss of their jobs, or position, or being punished for a “crime” being done, or something else.
It even gets more difficult when those telling you to be silent are people in the church. These are supposed to be believers in Jesus, yet they are following a different path.
All throughout the Bible the phrase “do not be afraid” is spoken many times over. As a believer in Jesus you must not be afraid of what man can do to you. You must look only at what Jesus did and can do. Look at the soul of the people and how God will destroy them in the end if they do not follow Jesus.
The world is on a one way path with destruction if they do not turn around. You have the message to help them turn around. The words of Jesus spoken to Paul were spoken to all the disciples and are now being spoken to you. Don’t be afraid. Keep on speaking. Don’t be silent.
When you are silent, the Devil wins the war. People will stay lost and condemned forever.
If someone had been silent, you would not be where you are today. You would not know and believe in Jesus.
Do not allow this to happen to others. Tell everyone you can about Jesus. Work at persuading them to follow Jesus.
I pray today that Jesus will give you a vision to reach the lost; that Jesus will fill you with His boldness and peace; that you will not be silent; that you will speak the words of Jesus to everyone; and that Jesus will draw many to Him through you.
“Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, ‘Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony these men are bringing against you?’ But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” Mark 14:60-61
Jesus was standing before the Sanhedrin and all the rulers being tried. Many people were casting accusations against Him of various sorts. The people could not agree on their testimonies against Him.
As they were accusing Him, the high priest would give Jesus a chance to answer His rebuttal to the accusations. However, Jesus would not say a word. He kept silent.
Jesus was perfect. He had never done anything wrong. He never broke any of the laws at all. Yet, He still remained silent.
He knew where He stood with God the Father. It was only what God thought that really mattered. Jesus knew that He had to be accused, convicted and to die on the cross. That was God’s desire.
The only thing the high priests were doing, was fulfilling God’s desire for Jesus. They were ensuring that He would die on the cross.
As Jesus was being accused, He did not fight for His rights or freedom.
Often people may accuse you of something that is false. They may say you said or did something that is not true. As with most people, your first reaction is to defend yourself. You fight to prove you are innocent.
Seek God in the situation. Find out what He is doing with that situation. Maybe God has put you there for a purpose, and that is not to defend yourself. You may be there to be a witness. God may be using you to help someone else.
Find out if God really wants you to defend yourself, or to remain silent and accept what happens. Think of Joseph having to go to prison in order for God to make him second to Pharaoh and save the people. Jesus had to die on the cross in order to save the world.
God may be bringing you to a low spot in order to raise you up, to use you to do a great work for Him. Are you willing? As you go through a bad situation, it may be a time to be silent and accept it. Seek God today on whether to speak or be silent.
I pray today that God will guide you in your walk with Him; that you will hear from God as to what to say and when; that you will know when to be silent and when to speak; that God will make you more like Jesus; and that God will build His kingdom through you.