Question about God's intentional silence...
Somebody asked a little question about
God's choosing to be silent:
Site. Plan to come back to it.
I am working on a devotional and I
stumbled on your web site.
In My Utmost For His Highest, Oswald
Chambers writes on October 11 about God's Silence. It is a very
challenging thought. What I am trying to find are Biblical
passages that substantiate Mr. Chambers' concept of God's silence.
How do we handle it when God chooses
to be silent -- not only on an issue; but to our requests (ie:
Prayers). Mr. Chambers suggests that this is God "trusting
us" with His silence.
Is there a Biblical basis for this?
I tend NOT to doubt Oswald
Chambers. But, I am having trouble locating anything in the
scriptures that suggests that God is ever intentionally silent.
Any clues, leads or suggestions for me?
I wrote back with a couple of clues:
1. 2 Chron 32.31 ["This same Hezekiah closed the upper
outlet of the waters of Gihon and directed them down to the west side
of the city of David. Hezekiah prospered in all his works. 31 So also
in the matter of the envoys of the officials of Babylon, who had been
sent to him to inquire about the sign that had been done in the land, God left him to himself, in order to test
him and to know all that was in his heart."]
2. The entire silence of God toward
Job's entreaties...as a means to prove the purity of Job's love for God
3. The whole purpose of trials (one
of which is obviously the necessary 'gap' between request and answer)
includes the 'waiting' as part of the testing (How Long, O Lord?! -- kinda stuff).
This is very intentional by God, for our good/development.
Perhaps these are themes which
support his understanding...?
hope this helps,
The Christian ThinkTank...[http://www.Christian-thinktank.com]