The Silence of God

I reflected on this passage not too long ago, but the Lord testing me on this keeps it close. I need to HEAR!

11 The days are surely coming, says the Lord God,
when I will send hunger and thirst on the land;
neither a hunger for bread, nor a thirst for water,
but of hearing the Lord ’s words.
12 They will wander from sea to sea,
and from north to east;
they will roam all around, seeking the Lord’s word,
but they won’t find it. (Amos 8:11-12)

Over the past several weeks I have been challenged in my prayer life in some amazing ways. Mark Batterson’s, The Circle Maker, and Draw the Circle have challenged my faith.

Also, there have been many mornings when I woke up hearing almost a “clear” word from the Lord. Something like, “Pray differently.”

Yesterday, it was just plain scary. The word I heard when I woke up was, “Why?”

And I knew immediately what the challenge was: “WHY would I keep speaking to you if you keep refusing to listen to me?”

It was a dreadful thought.

And then, all day… nothing. I am used to busy days and in the midst of them sensing something from God as I move along.

Yesterday… nothing. 

The famine is not the written word. We can have words in print all day long and not hear God.

The test of silence was NOT a fun exercise for me. God really wants us listening!

Lord, give us ears to hear

One way (possibly) to express what the word of God means in full (besides getting so narrow to say it means only the Bible) is this passage in Amos:

9     On that day, says the Lord God,
I will make the sun go down at noon,
and I will darken the earth in broad daylight.
10 I will turn your feasts into sad affairs
and all your singing into a funeral song;
I will make people wear mourning clothes
and shave their heads;
I will make it like the loss of an only child,
and the end of it like a bitter day.
11 The days are surely coming, says the Lord God,
when I will send hunger and thirst on the land;
neither a hunger for bread, nor a thirst for water,
but of hearing the Lord ’s words.
12 They will wander from sea to sea,
and from north to east;
they will roam all around, seeking the Lord’s word,
but they won’t find it. (Amos 8:9-12)

The famine of the word isn’t about lacking a printed word. It’s about the Lord not speaking any longer. There isn’t a “fresh word” from God.

It’s not something in addition to the written word. It is the ability to hear God.

Lord, give us ears to hear! Let the written word be made alive by the Living Word! Without hearing the Living Word, the written word can be right in front of us and we are still blind! We could still be deaf!

Speak to us, Living Word. Let us hear your word to the Church today!