I have been musing on the book of Job and have also found an article that compliments this in:
The UCB Word For Today (Aug – Oct 2014)
For he has foolishly said “It profits a man nothing when he takes delight and is pleased with God and obeys him.”You say, “What advantage have I by living a righteous life? What profit will I have more by being righteous than if I had sinned?
You have chosen this – the vice of complaining against God rather than learning from affliction. Behold, God is exalted in his power, who is a ruler or a teacher like him? (Job 34:9 36:21-22)
Lord where are you?
I cry out to you for help oh God, but you do not answer me. I stand up but you only gaze indifferently at me. You have become harsh and cruel to me. With the might of your hand you keep me alive only to persecute me. When I expected good, then evil came to me and when I waited for light, then came darkness.
I am seething within and my heart is troubled and cannot rest. Days of affliction come to meet me. (Job 30)
“Do you feel like God isn’t answering your prayers? Job felt the same way. All of us go through times when it feels like God has moved and left no forwarding address. What’s he up to and why doesn’t he respond? There are some lessons you only learn when God is silent.
- Silence isn’t absence. Sometimes God says to you, ‘Be still and know that I am God’. (Psalm 46) You have to be really secure with somebody to just sit quietly with them. Silence takes the emphasis off words and builds a level of intimacy where they’re no longer necessary. If you want to be comfortable with God, learn to enter into meditation and silence with him.
2. Silence tests your faith.
God has planted certain things within you and you must wait for them to take root and grow. With God, delay is not denial. God knows when to withhold or grant visible signs of encouragement.
It’s good when he sends confirmation, but we grow faster when we’ve trusted him without it.
Those who do, always receive the greatest visible evidence of his love. God answers every prayer, it’s just that across some he writes, ‘The time is not right yet.’
Eventually your prayers become less about getting answers and more about connecting with God. By letting him work you will realise that he is with you and that you can trust in for the entire trip.”
This is so true. Focussing on what we do have and being thankful daily for it, makes us realise afresh that we are blessed, prosperous and extremely wealthy compared to 3/4 of the rest of the world. This may be in terms of finances and provisions or health, security and relationships. It even includes a happy past where others cringe when they look back to their childhood or a particular incident of trauma.
So I will wait. And wait. And wait. And I shall praise him and enjoy his wonderful company while I do.
(Exerpt used by permission)