Friday, August 7, 2009

Silence Is Golden

“How long, O LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, ‘Violence!’ but you do not save?” Habakkuk 1:2

Somebody on the other side of this screen is lifting this prayer today either subconsciously or consciously. It is one that I pled when Kristen was in the throws of heroin addiction. We were in the trenches for eight years and God seemed to be silent. I wondered if He had forgotten our family, our pain and our deep sorrow. I called out to Him exposing the deep wounds and fears of my heart only to wonder what deserted land on which my prayers fell.

We all have periods in our spiritual lives when we cannot hear God which invites us to believe that He has turned His back on us and left us on our own. This goes against the character of God and who He says He is in the Bible. The verse above was the prayer lifted by Habakkuk who wondered ‘Where was His God?’ He knew His God was able to save but wondered if His God would choose to save.

If this sounds and feels familiar, take heart weary one! The life of our family was transformed between verses 2 from above and verse 5. “Look at the nations and watch – and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.” Habakkuk 1:5.

There was an 8-year span for my family between verses 2 and 5 but the promise of verse 5 came in with such a vengeance there was no doubt that the words God spoke to Habakkuk a couple of thousands years ago were spoken to me. These words are for every one of God’s children and ring with truth and promise no matter what your circumstances possess.

Just because we cannot hear the roar of the ocean from where we sit doesn’t mean it doesn’t continue to rage. We must position ourselves continuously to hear God and expect Him to save in our situation.

Don’t just KNOW God can save – EXPECT IT!

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