Silent Nights

Have you ever gone through a season where you didn’t hear God speak? Has there ever been a period in your life where it seemed like God wasn’t talking to you? Well take heart because you’re not the only one. I have been there myself. Actually I’m in one of those seasons now.

Yesterday I heard a message by Jeff Henderson, associated with Andy Stanley and North Point Church, at NewSpring Church that I desperately needed. Definitely a word in season for me and I believe it will speak to you as well. His main point was “When you hear God’s silence and you feel His absence, trust His presence.” In other words even though you can’t hear God speaking  and you can’t feel Him moving, He is still right there with you.

The writer of Hebrews tells us that God will never leave us or forsake us. (See Hebrews 13:5) Even in the silence God is working in the background setting the stage to show off in your life. His presence is always right there with you working to produce something through you. You just have to trust that He is there even when you can’t hear Him or feel Him.

God was there with the three Hebrew boys in the firery furnace. He was there with Daniel in the lions den. He was there with David when he faced Goliath. He was there with Paul and Silas when they were in prison. And He is right there with you.

I leave you with the words of the prophet Isaiah, who wrote this in a time of captivity where it seemed like God was silent and absent, “But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” (Isaiah 43:1-2 ESV)

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