I saw this write up on a friend’s blog (credits to Ifeonamusi) Dear, keep spreading the word, let the fire keep burning. We are Christ’s machinery.
I watched a sermon by Ray Bevern titled ‘How to survive the silence of heaven’ and any Christian understands that sentiment of how it feels when the heavens don’t feel responsive. A man we all know pretty well (I assume) called Abraham went through a time of silence which lasted 13 years. Can you imagine? Hearing a huge promise like “I will give you a son in your old age and make you the father of all nations” and then nothing? No wonder Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness in Romans 4:22.“Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous”
Its definition states that silence means the absence of sound or noise yet for the most part, in relational terms silence has unspoken words. For example, if you are speaking to someone and their reply is silence, there’s the unspoken connotation of disregard. However it’s important we don’t equate the ‘silence’ of heaven to God being nonchalant where we are concerned. The silence of heaven can sometimes range to not ‘feeling’ God when worshipping/praying to waiting on God to answer a particular request. Firstly I will say here that it is important in the first case to not reduce God to an experience of tears during worship and a cherubim playing the harp in the corner (whatever your idea of an atmosphere of worship is lol!) but to choose faith over feelings. Faith that as his words says that he will always be with us. Secondly I will advise that we prevent ourselves from adding a timeline to our requests to God. Make your request known (Philippians 4:6) then believe that it is done.
Surviving the silence of heaven is pivotal in living a faithful life full or gratitude and servitude and there’s no magical formula to be honest. It’s about taking each day as it comes; standing on the promises In God’s word.
How did Abraham survive the silence? He was convinced that God was able to do whatever he promises and he did not attach a timeline to it. How can you survive the silence? Do the same.
Faithful C. C👥