The Silence of God – Our Deafness to God

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Silence from God is not a good thing.  You will see that in the verses listed below.

Sometimes we sense silence from God because He has stopped speaking to us.  This is an indication of His disapproval of our thoughts, words, or deeds.  Other times we sense silence from God, not because He has stopped speaking to us, but because our hearts have become too dull to hear Him speaking (Hebrews 5:11).  So, in the first case we can describe the problem as silence from God; in the second, it’s our deafness to God.  Either way, the problem is the same (whether His silence or our deafness.  And either way, the solution is the same:  repentance.

Insofar as the whole world is concerned, we can never say that God has been silent…for we have the Scriptures of ancient Israel as ample evidence to the contrary.  However, for the reasons given above, God may temporarily resort to radio silence in order to get our attention.

So then, let us be properly warned and alarmed when we cannot hear God.

Matthew 4:4 (quoting Deuteronomy 8:3 below)  –  “MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.”  –  There is a strong implication here about what, by contrast, the silence of God…or our deafness to God…might mean.

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Deuteronomy 8:3 (quoted in Matthew 4:4 above)  –  “man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord”  –  See note on Matthew 4:4 above.

Deuteronomy 29:29  –  “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever…”  –  If God wants something to be unknown to us, it will remain unknown to us; if, however, he chooses to reveal something to us, we must be sure to embrace it and pass it on to our children as well.  If we don’t, that knowledge that He gave us becomes lost to future generations.

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