King David, the person God called “a man after his own heart” (1 Sam.13:14), wrote these words: “My God, my God! Why have you forsaken me? Why do you remain so distant? Why do you ignore my cries for help? (Psalm 22:1). And we know Jesus echoing those words 1030 years later when he yelled them from the cross: My God, my God why have you forsaken me? (Matt. 27:46). When Job asked God why all the bad stuff was happening in his life, God was silent for 37 chapters of the Bible. Finally, God told him, “Who are you to question me?” And Job shut up rather quickly. Even today many people are asking this question. “Where is God in my difficult times? Why is He so silent? It is such a big question. We yearn for God’s presence. We call to him. And we hear nothing. He answers our longings with silence. Sometimes this silence feels unbearable. Someone has found on the wall of a concentration camp these words: “I believe in the sun, even though it doesn’t shine, I believe in love, even when it isn’t shown, I believe in God, even when he doesn’t speak.”
God’s silence offers us the choice – faith or sight. We can either abandon our faith or learn to trust in the dark. God leaves that choice up to us. When you listen to a song, you only hear the harmony because of the emptiness between the notes. If the song is too full of notes, it becomes nothing but noise. To hear the harmony, you must let the silences have their place in the song. It’s like each note is a pearl upon a necklace and the silences are what strings them all together. May be God knows that without the silences in our lives, we will never hear the melody of faith. Let us choose to trust God in the dark as Jesus did while he was dying on the cross. Let’s sing and hear the melody of faith. May God Almighty strengthen us and equip us to shine in the darkest of circumstances and make us a powerful example of faith in action for others.
In the Lord’s Ministry,
Rev. George Varghese