Alone In The Quiet
Be strong and courageous. Don't be afraid or scared of them; for Yahweh your God himself is who goes with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6 WEB
We can become so withdrawn sometimes that we begin to feel that it is us against the world. That no one cares or even notices what we are going through, and struggling with. Even in the middle of a crowd we can feel alone, and all the while, God seems silent.
Yet we are not alone. The Lord tells us repeatedly through scripture to be strong and courageous, just as He told Joshua. We are not to live in fear and dread for He is with us and will never leave, nor forsake us. No one can snatch you out of His hand. When the enemy comes in, like a flood God will raise up a standard against him. What I have learned is this:
1) God's silence does not mean that He is mad with you.
2) God's silence does not mean that He has rejected you.
3) God's silence does not mean that He has given up on you.
4) God's silence does not mean that He has forgotten you.
His silence is like a dramatic pause in poetry, for the next thing that He says will often be very important. In early 2012, for three months I was covered with His presence every day. I would lay on the floor in my music room and pray for two to three hours at a time, soaking, basking in His presence. The Holy Spirit would descend like a warm blanket when I entered the room and there was no where that I would rather be.
Then came several months of dry, lonely, silence. When I would pray, I heard and felt nothing. It was as if the heavens were made of brass. At the same time, our business dried completely up, and the bills began to pile up. Eventually I began to feel abandoned and desperate. Then one morning I went into my room and sat down on a bean bag, He spoke, and by Friday we found ourself in full time ministry.
If your conscious is clear, no nagging feeling to correct something in your life, then continue on the path that you are on until you get new directions. There have been so many times in my life that I thought that I was off His path. That I must be, because I could no longer hear from God. That somewhere I missed a turn and now I was walking alone.
Now looking back, it always turned out that I was merely on a straight part of the road and that I did not need a course correction at that time. Eventually the next door would open up, He would speak to me again, and I would realize that He had been there the entire time. I merely had to go from point A to point B, and I would not be here, if I had not first been there. He tends to give us new direction at the crossroads.
Be encouraged today, for no matter where you are, you are not alone. For it is the Lord God Almighty who goes with you. When the trouble comes, so will the answer. Keep the Lord first in your life, and all the other things will fall into place as needed. Do not fear what may come tomorrow, for you will be prepared to face it when it arrives.Prayer: Heavenly Father I know that You are here and I choose to believe that all things will work together for good, whether I understand them or not. Please walk with me and talk with me today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
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