Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Brent: God's silences

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
O LORD, you have seen this; be not silent.
    Do not be far from me, O Lord.
    —Psalm 35:22 (NIV)
    If God is silent now at times when we long for some sign from Him, it is because by means of silence He can best make known to us His mind. His silence may mean that our request is so foreign to His will, that it may not be heeded without hurt to the petitioner. Or, on the other hand, He may be luring on our faith and inciting it to a more ambitious flight. Or, again, it may be that His silence is His way of telling us that the answer to our query or petition lies in ourselves.
    ... Charles H. Brent (1862-1929), With God in the World [1899], London: Longmans Green, 1914, p. 37 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, increase my faith so that I may hear You more clearly.
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