For four hundred years, there was silence.
The family of Jacob had grown to become a nation, and the ruler of Egypt was threatened.
The Lord spoke to a man and sent him to deliver His people.
For four hundred years there were no written words through the prophets.
The people of the Lord had been ruled by different kingdoms, and they desperately awaited the Messiah.
The Lord spoke to a man and sent him to prepare His people.
If you have walked with the Lord for any length of time, then you have probably come to find out that there are some seasons in which the Lord is choosing to be silent.
He hasn't left.
He hasn't forsaken you.
He is just quiet.
Here is the thing that is getting me choked up today:
In the past couple of years I have endured some extended silent seasons that have left me wondering if it was the new normal in my walk with Him. However, in the past couple of days there have been these waves of His Voice in my spirit that have caused my insides to well up and my tears to surface.
Just wanting to share this with anyone who needs it...
It doesn't matter how long it has been since you have "heard" Him, His sheep KNOW His Voice.
When the waves of His Voice hit me, my heart said, "I know that Voice." I recognize Him. The world, the enemy, and my own flesh would love to try and fill in with a counterfeit version of Him. But I know Him. The sheep know the Shepherd.
So, the takeaway...
Am I consistently positioning myself to hear Him? Are my spiritual ears staying tuned in, waiting at His feet for that precious sound?
I encourage you to keep listening, even when He seems silent.
Keep reading even when His Word doesn't seem to hit you personally like it has in time past.
Keep asking, seeking, and knocking.
May our hearts stay sensitive and softened, so that even at His whisper we can say, "I know that Voice."
Father, thank You for causing me to recognize Your Voice. It is amazing to think of You wanting to speak to me. I choose to keep listening. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
John 10:1-18, Matthew 7:7-8