Is not getting a no.
Harder still is the silence.
The silence leads us to question God.
The silence is used by the tempter to get us to doubt God.
In my Bible reading today I came across a verse that stopped me in my tracks.
David says in Ps. 22:2-5 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; And by night, but I have no rest. Yet You Are Holy, O you who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel. In You our fathers trusted; They trusted and You delivered them, To You they cried out and were delivered; In You they trusted and were not disappointed.”
As I read the first verse, I was thinking, finally someone I can identify with.
After spending morning, noon and night praying and still no answer.
But it was the next line that struck me (thus the bold print) Yet You Are Holy!!!!!
And I thought this is it, this is key.
When God is silent, when you pray and plead with God and still have no response.
What are you to do?
Give up, quit, get angry, become afraid??
No, no, no!
We are to remember that He is holy.
Regardless of the outcome of our prayers, regardless of our circumstances. He is Holy and He is worthy of our praise.
Easy to say, hard to live.
Often, when God is silent, our description of God is not that He is holy.
Instead, our hearts cry out that He is unfair, uncaring, blind to our needs.
Yet, the Psalmist says, Yet, You are Holy!
He was not seeking God only for an answer, He was seeking God for who He is.
He is Holy, He is righteous, He is Mighty, He is Marvelous, He is Awesome in His Deeds, He is Faithful.
So, when God is silent and when it just doesn’t seem He cares.
Remember who He is! And never forget that just as others have trusted Him in the past.
We too are to trust Him.
Just as He delivered them, He too will deliver us.
May we like the angels declare our God, Holy, Holy, Holy and never lose sight of why we serve Him.