The Place of Silence
Today’s entry might be a bit macabre, but I think it bears consideration. According to several passages, the darkness, or Hell, as we know it, will not only be a place of darkness, but utter and complete silence. How totally awful! We often think that those there will have all their friends around them, and it will be a continuous party.
Not so, For Job informs us in Job 23: 17 “Yet I am not silenced by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face.” (NIV)
David also asserts in Psalm 94: 1 “Unless the Lord had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.”
Here death, of course, could be construed as silence. For is it not silence that shrouds those who have died? At least on the earth. But, in Heaven, there is speaking, singing, and praising God.
As I write this, I’m saddened by news of a dear friend’s loss of her grandson in a tragic accident. I emailed her, asking if he was saved. Gloriously, she replied that he was with God. What comfort! Silence, like speech, comes as quickly, and those opportunities for love, fellowship and family are snatched from us. Tomorrow, we’ll look briefly at Job’s experience with it, and his reactions. In your silence, what is God telling You? Or, better still, what are you conveying to Him?
Lord, we know that silence is often hurtful, breaking our hearts. Whether someone snubbing us, or a loved one suddenly taken away. We know that You are sovereign, and have these things under Your control. Be with those today who mourn, and comfort them by Your Spirit. We love You In Your Precious Name, we pray. Amen!