The Strong Silent Type

Image     All parents can relate to this scene; your child reaches for something on the hot stove and you say, shout, scream, or scold “No! Hot!”  I’ve certainly had plenty of experience with this type of situation with my own fearless four.  Recently I found myself in the middle of a conflict with someone I respected.  It made me examine my behavior in the situation and I realized that this behavior had been a pattern in my life.

Sitting in my car waiting for the school bus to arrive I started singing to God, asking him why he chooses to stay silent instead of talk to us with an audible voice.  I asked him “Lord, why is it important to you that we have faith in you? Why didn’t you just show yourself from the beginning and physically be present with us?” and “God, when I’m about to enter a hurtful situation (such as the conflict I was in) why don’t you speak up like I do when my own children are about to enter into a dangerous situation?”  I’d just love to hear God yell, “No! Don’t say that! It will ruin your friendship!”

Zephaniah 3:17 spoke volumes to me today about God’s silence.  It says; 17″The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing.”

Zeph. 3:17 says “He will rest in silent satisfaction and in his love he will be silent…”  He rests in silent satisfaction.  When I see my child reach for something hot, I’m responding out of a fear that he or she will be burnt. I don’t know the outcome of that situation and I fear that it could be terrible!  The Bible says in Isaiah 55:9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, are My ways higher than your ways.”  I used to read this in a negative way as if God were saying “your ways are bad, mine are good.”  I realize this is true much of the time but I hear him today in a loving voice saying, “I am your God, I see the whole picture. I am a loving God, who rejoices over you (Zeph. 3:17) I am Love (1 John 4:8) I know the end of all things and am surprised by nothing. There is no fear in me.  So I don’t get excited when you’re about to make a mistake, I rest in silent satisfaction over you (Zeph. 3:17).”

I suppose if I had (and I realize I do have it but haven’t tapped into it) healing power, if I knew I could work all things for good, if I knew the outcome of every situation I suppose I wouldn’t scream and holler at my kids when I think that they are headed into danger. I could rest. I could allow them to make their mistakes and I’d be there to love them, heal them, affirm them and bring them through it.

The other day I cried to him, “Why don’t you just speak to me?” Today I’m resting in his silence and in his confident, lavish love for me! We have a mighty God! We can rest in his power and in his might and even in his silence.

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