Sunday, September 30, 2012

What Do You Do When God Seems Silent (Part 2)

The Danger of Leaning on your Own Understanding
God had promise Abraham that he and Sarai would have a Son and that their descendants would be as numeral as the stars (Genesis 15:1-6). But in Genesis 16:1-2 we read that Sarai came up with her own plan to achieve God's will. She was not willing to wait on God during the time of silence. How often do our circumstances cause us to lean on our own understanding instead of trusting in the Lord with all our hearts (Proverbs 3:5-7) when He seems silent? How easy it is to take things into our own hands instead of acknowledging Him in ALL our ways, allowing Him to direct our paths! 

The real tragedy is not only their adultery, but also the act of independence, doubt and self will. Their sin started the longest war in history! This war between the Israelites of Isaac and Arabs of Ishmael is still going on today! The Holy Land is a hot spot because of this one bad decision of two people almost 4000 years ago! Their sin caused animosity between Sarai and Hagar and between Sarai and Abraham (Gen. 16:4-5). Think how much better it would have been had the waited on the Lord How peace the world would have been?

The Dangers of Leaving God Out
In Mark 4:35-41 we see the disciples in the boat with the Lord when a great storm arose. The waves beat into the boat and the wind blew them all over the place. We have all experience those kinds of storms in life. There seems like no hope, no light in the dark clouds, but notice one thing that stands out in this story, the Lord was in the boat with them! The disciple were so afraid that they even asked "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" If we're honest there have been time when we felt the say way! But we need to remember that during the darkest storm that Jesus is the LORD of the storm! Take our stand with Him not with our circumstances. He is able to calm the storm in your life this very moment, trust Him!

The Delight of Looking to Him 
In the Old Testament we read of a time in Elisha's life when he and a young servant were surrounded by enemy forces (2 Kings 6:8-17). The odds were totally against them! There circumstance were grim, with no real hope. But Elisha depended on the Lord, trusting fully on the One who was for Him! If God be for us who can be against us (Romans 8:32)! 

How true is the Hymn: 

"Oh what peace we often forfeit!
Oh what needless pain we bear! 
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer!

May we learn to trust Him and wait on Him even when He seems silent!

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