Silence Before the Storm
There is often an eerie silence before a major weather event- an earthquake, hurricane, etc. But, there is a silence which hasn’t occurred yet, only prophesied. This is the period of a half an hour before all hell will literally break loose, when God will unleash His bowls, trumpets, and angels in Revelation.
Come to think of it, wasn’t there a period of silence just before Jesus died on the cross, followed by the earthquake, and ripping of the Temple veil? Didn’t David and Aseph cry out to God time after time to break His supposed silence?
Psalm 28: 1 “To you, Lord, I call; you are my Rock, do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I will be like those who go down to the pit” (NIV) .
Psalm 83: 1 [A psalm of Asaph] “O God, do not remain silent; do not turn a deaf ear, do not stand aloof, O God.” (NIV)
To us, it seems as my pastor says, “When we don’t immediately hear from God, we think He’s taken a coffee break.” But, isn’t this how we feel, when we’re waiting, for a diagnosis, a job offer, etc.? Don’t we storm out of the room, or house, or car, after a heated discussion with our spouse, child, or friend? This silence can be deafening, however. And, it clogs up our communication with those we love. Why, then, is God silent? We may never know this side of heaven, yet we’re promised that someday all our questions will be answered.
Lord, help us to never forget that whether Your silence is before, during, or after the storm, we can trust You. May we have teachable, patient hearts when dealing with these storms. And, may we know that You are always with us, holding our hands, like scared children. Forgive us when doubts assert our minds. Thank You that You are with us. We love You. In Your Precious Name, we pray. Amen!