Silence by choice
Lord, you have seen this, do not be silent. Do not be far from me, Lord.
Sometimes I wonder why God seems so far away, and that when I cry out to Him, I can’t seem to hear His voice. Is He ignoring me on purpose? Does He hate me now? But as I was meditating on this verse and on the idea of God being silent/distant, it hit me. God isn’t being silent because He no longer loves us, but because He wants us to draw closer to Him. When everything is well in life and your spiritual walk, it’s easy for us to want to draw close to God. But what about when times are tough and we’re going through a spiritual dry spell? It’s times like these, when we can’t seem to hear God, that we need to seek Him even harder.
While in awe at the above revelation I had, another one hit me. God will never “shout” to get our attention. Every day we are bombarded with voices: voices from people, voices from society, voices from the media, voices from within, all competing for our attention, and believe me, those voices won’t hold back from yelling to do so. But not God. His voice will remain, ever so quiet, only audible to those who are willing to seek it.
In the end, it comes down to us. How desperate are we to hear God’s voice? Are we willing to turn off all those other noises to seek His? It’s hard, at least for me, but remember, those who seek, they shall find.