In Your Silence

In Your Silence

In earlier chapters of Job, we saw a running theme of Job’s friend, Eliphaz, advising Job that he was to blame for his misfortune.  Through it all we see Job does not curse God.

In Job 7 we get a glimpse of Job’s anguish. He asks God for a reprieve from his suffering. He asks how long it will last. “What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him? And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment? How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?” (17-19) We see the phrase “What is man?” God answers that question in Psalm 8:4-6, “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:” Man holds a special place in God’s heart.

Remember that no matter what is going on in your life today. God loves and cares for you and He wants a relationship with you. Maybe your circumstances are not as extreme as Job’s, but the answer to all your problems is to trust in God. As Job searched his heart for sin at the end of chapter 7, so should we. A proper relationship, one built on faith, cannot be tainted with sin. Choose today to live for God. God may choose not to answer right away, but it is our responsibility to choose trusting in God.

“In Your Word I find the echoes of the questions in my mind;

Have I fallen from Your favor, is Your ear to me inclined?

When Your silence is unbroken, though my prayer ascends each day,

Father, keep my faith from failing in the face of long delay.

While you wait in gracious wisdom and my doubts begin to rise, 

I recall Your loving kindness, and lift my hopeful eyes.

While Your hand withholds the answers I will not withhold my heart.

I will love you in Your silence, I will trust You in the dark. 

When the troubled thoughts within me hold me wakeful in the night,

And the shadows that surround me seem to hide me from Your sight, 

Father, bring to my remembrance mercies shown in days gone by.

Help me rest upon your promise: You will not neglect my cry!”

-Eileen Berry

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