Ever opened your bible to only hear crickets from God?
Ever felt like you and your Father were neighborhoods apart in connection?
Like you somehow lost your close standing next to your high King?
I feel this small creep. The creep of “something is not right,” the creep of pulling away, the creep of “I am not hearing as much.”
Small creeps away from God over days, turn into giant mile gaps over months.
What I have noticed is, the sooner my heart checks it’s receptivity to God, and adjusts its channels the more of a chance, I have of hearing his voice. Usually, I can avoid the “slow creep” seep – but I have to first start by being aware of when it.
The slow creep seep can be sneaky – if you aren’t aware that it can move in at any time.
Now, don’t get me wrong, there are times God does go silent.
Sometimes he shuts down the music, the connection and here is why:
1. To help us remember God is God and we are not.
When you did these things and I kept silent, you thought I was exactly like you. Ps. 50:21
2. To settle our hearts in the deep places his trusting love.
The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy. Zeph. 3:17
3. To handle “Kingdom causes” outside of our comprehension.
Why do You look with favor On those who deal treacherously? Why are You silent when the wicked swallow up Those more righteous than they? Hab. 1:13
What I want my heart to finally learn is that: God does what he does, but he always reigns from above, out of love.
This is always God’s MO, battle plan, driving force, and charge – every time.
On the other hand, sometimes the issue of silence is not founded in God’s plan it is founded in us. Like a cavity, we may have stored up so much decay that our faith bite loses its power.
Here’s how we remove decay and get back to the fullness of pleasure as we digest all the goodness of God:
1. We beat out bitterness.
Bitterness can be a byproduct of unforgiveness.
Who do you need to forgive – God, yourself or others?
2. We ask to hear and plead for God to come near.
O God, do not remain quiet; Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still. Ps. 83:1
When we ask, God listens.
3. We dive into the Word of God, to be replenished by his Words always read to bring truth.
He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” Lu. 11:28
When we hear the Word of God, we hear God.
4. Worship the one who surrounds you with his glory.
…God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. Ro. 1:20
See God around you and you will start to feel God well up in you.
5. Seek and serve up love in all you do by giving, helping, serving, opening up, receiving and pouring out.
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 Jo. 4:12
The more we learn love (including the receipt of it), the more we feel God’s love.
The truth is – God is love. If we are operating from love, we are operating from the tabernacle of God’s goodness. Different days, call for different strategies. Sometimes, we are restored with his love, sometimes we are restored by a love of his Word and other times, we are restored to share
Different days, call for different strategies. Sometimes, we are restored – to love, sometimes we are restored – by His love and other times, we are restored – to search out greater love.
No matter what his call for you today, one thing is for sure, slow creeps are simply not from him. So, lets allow our hearts to creep back to the throne of the King of all care. He waits for us – with love.
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