“The time is surely coming,” says the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine on the land—not a famine of bread or water but of hearing the words of the Lord. People will stagger from sea to sea and wander from border to border searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it.” (Amos 8:11-12, New Living Translation)
How deafening is the awful silence of God. How awful is the deafening silence of God. No, I did not punctuate those sentences incorrectly (even though the little green line showed up on my word processor). I specifically phrased them that way for emphasis.
How is this possible in a world in which there are hundreds of English translations of the Bible, in which at least some portion of the Bible has been translated into almost 2300 languages, in which there are physical, electronic, audio, and visual versions available?
How can a God who can be found everywhere (see yesterday’s post: Where is God?) not be heard with all these resources available.
Could it be that we are not taking the time to listen?
Psalm 130:5-6 (New International Version) – I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.
How many times in your life have you had the feeling that your words were being ignored? Unless you live alone and isolated, you have had that experience. Even if you live alone and isolated, you have probably ignored yourself at some point!
Sometimes the noise in our lives drowns out the voice of God. Is it possible that He is waiting for us to be still, because He is not inclined to try to shout above the noise?
Question: What can you do today to quiet the noise and wait for the Lord, hoping in His word?
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