Daily Living

The Silent Treatment

Thoughts from Pastor Brad...

When Jesus heard that Lazarus was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was. —John 11:6. Jesus waited, and it cost Lazarus his life.  Why is God silent when we pray?  Oswald Chambers shares this thought on the passage; “Has God trusted you with His silence— a silence that has great meaning? God’s silences are His answers. Just think of those days of absolute silence in the home at Bethany! Is there anything comparable to those days in your life? Can God trust you like that, or are you still asking Him for a visible answer?” (My Utmost, 10/11).  Do you believe that God’s silence can be the answer?  Maybe His silence is a delay like with Lazarus, or maybe He will not answer our prayers in our way at all.  Jesus delayed with Lazarus so that He could resurrect his friend from the dead.  What if Jesus did not resurrect Lazarus?  Were there people that Jesus chose not to heal in His ministry?  God sees the end from the beginning.  He knows what is best for today and for eternity.  We must trust in Him even when His answer is silence.