when your God goes silent
"God on Mute" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
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When I was deep into Reformed Theology, one of the texts I studied was The Westminster Shorter Catechism. At one point it talks about when we feel abandoned by God. Silence. If I remember correctly, it teaches that this could be for a few reasons:
- There is sin in your life so God has separated himself from you until you deal with it.
- God wants to test you to see if you will remain faithful to him during this period.
- It's a mystery and we just don't know.
I suggest that #3 encompasses numerous possibilities, including the absence of God.
After reading Klaus Bockmuehl's book, Listening to the God Who Speaks: Reflections on God's Guidance from Scripture and the Lives of God's People
, the conclusion one would have to draw is that if you're not hearing God, you're deaf.
But after reading Shusaku Endo's shocking but necessary masterpiece, Silence
, one must sober up to the reality that the silence is louder than everything else.
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