KEEP NOT THOU SILENCE, O GOD
“The Silence of God”
“Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace and be not still, O God” (Psalms 83:1 KJV).
In our Journey with Christ, we may experience His silence at times. Here are five reasons for the silence of God in our lives:
To get us to see something we are too busy or disinterested in looking at. “This thou hast seen, O LORD: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me” (Psalms 35:22)! “And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice” (I Kings 19:12). God wants to train you to another frequency of His voice when you cannot hear Him as you have been accustomed to in times past. Silence changes our perspective about issues and circumstances that we have predetermined the answers for.
To humble us in repentance to change a course of direction or a mindset we have developed against His nature and will. Isaiah 41:1 says, “Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment.” The silence of God trains us to take on God’s heart towards those things that He doesn’t like. It increases the fear of the Lord in our lives when we discern the silence of God for the right biblical reasons.
To draw us closer in dependency and fellowship with God. Zephaniah 3:17 declares, “The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” James 4:8 says, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you…” It is a promise that God will not break, despite how we feel. God also trains us for patience in His silence. This is why quality time is needed for prayer. “Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation” (Psalms 62:1).
To get our attention that God is drastically shifting His will in our lives, our families, the church and/or country. Isaiah 42:14 says, “I have long time holden my peace [kept my silence]; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once.” God is sovereign to do what He wants and when He wants, without getting our permission. This may result in His silence so we can re-shift our thinking and attitudes about divine change He is bringing in our lives.
That judgement is preparing itself for a situation. “And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour” (Revelation 8:1). Isaiah 65:6 says, “Behold, it is written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom.” The silence of God can come as a thief in the night for the wicked, but it comes as a warning for self-inventory to His covenant children. Prior to the death angel coming throughout Egypt there was a short silence. This enabled Moses and the children of Israel to prepare and brace themselves for the judgment and not be harmed by it.
How to Pray:
I declare and claim the grace of Jesus Christ to accept the purpose of God’s silence for my life with a good attitude. I will wait on You Lord with confidence. I will wait on You with my hand on the plow for reaching lost people.
Teach me Your voice in silence so that I do not miss it when encountering so many other voices that distract me from Yours.
Teach me to run to You and not the arms of the flesh while You are silent in my life, so that I am not seeking to please the flesh while I am waiting to hear from You. Amen.
Pastor Don Rogers
The Pentecostals of Wisconsin
Wisconsin District Prayer Coordinator
WNOP North Central Regional Prayer Coordinator
(From: World Network of Prayer – firstname.lastname@example.org )