Welcome back In Fine Fettle readers!
Recently I read a book called “A Woman of Strength & Dignity: Esther” by Charles Swindoll and I would 10/10 recommend it. Men, don’t think since this is about a girl that it is written for only woman. He actually points out some things specifically for men (especially those yearning for marriage or are married currently) as well.
If you were able to read my last post I Got 99 Problems but School Ain’t One then you saw that I mentioned briefly about feeling like God was silent when it came to deciding my spring semester plans, work, location, etc.
After reading this book I feel as though I was able to get a little more insight about the silence of God and find comfort in the words Charles wrote. I found that I am not the only person that has ever felt God’s silence and that these periods of silence are just as significant as the times when He speaks.
I found that God doesn’t use silence as punishment but rather as discipline. Not discipline from anger or disgust but rather to prepare me and you for what is to come, for face-to-Face fellowship with Him throughout all of eternity.
My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he LOVES, as a father the son he delights in.Proverbs 3:11-12
Lets be honest, it’s like Charles says, “Life is filled with sustained periods of silence. Often.”
“…in those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions…”1 Samuel 3:1
In 1 Samuel, we see that during the three centuries of rule by the judges that the words of God were rare. That prophets were no longer receiving vision of speaking God’s message to Israel.
At one point or another we all will experience God’s silence.
Maybe you’re currently in this period and it has caused you bitterness, panic, and/or even doubts on your religion… questioning if your God is really there?
I will admit that when I was searching for a job and in the midst of hearing back from some jobs I previously applied for I felt the bitterness… the panic. At one point I even felt doubt creeping in. I knew the devil was trying to grab a hold of me and with a thought like “maybe God didn’t hear my cry” I knew that he was winning. In these moments I realized it’s time to surrender and stop trying to figure it all out and instead…
TRUST: though God is silent He remains fully present.
I think it is interesting to note here that Esther is actually the only book in the bible where God is not mentioned by name nor is prayer. Esther is also a book never even quoted in the New Testament as well.
Hmm… makes you wonder. Does this mean God was absent if He isn’t even mentioned once?
After reading through this book though you’d probably realize how silly is it to even have considered this thought. You see even though God is never specifically mentioned it is so easy to notice His prints, His hand all over this story. The key is to be still, be patient… watch for the slightest turning of events because He will move and show His sovereignty eventually.
God is God and even through the silence he is still at work in your life. Believe that.
…Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.”John 5:17
Living a moment in Gods silence is not easy and may even feel like eternity so how do we do it?
We must discover how God works and have complete confidence in Him always! God moves in mysterious ways but NOTHING is coincidental.
As you see above that it was in the waiting… the silence that I got to spend so much valuable time with my family. That God brought me home to be with them for a reason!
I love in 1 Samuel 3 how the story again begins by stating that, “In those days the word of the Lord was rare…” but it doesn’t end there. What follows is Samuel displaying his readiness and attentiveness to God’s voice. Samuel was LISTENING and ready to RESPOND to God’s calling.
We must be patient in the silence but at the same time be on guard, listening and watching for God’s subtle movements in our lives.
Thanks for stopping and checking in on whats going on here at the blog. I feel excited and happy to be able to come on here and be vulnerable with all of you and share what God’s been doing in my life. I appreciate the love and support from all of YOU because you are the reason I do this.
Your homework this week is to go read through Esther yourself and watch how God unfolds throughout the story. Also, if you have time read through 1 Samuel 3. I promise you that they are both quick reads and you will not regret it!
Claire Idelle ღ