didn’t He tell you?

Posted: October 14th, 2010 | Filed under: God, life | Tags: | 12 Comments »

“So—who is like me? Who holds a candle to me?” says The Holy. Look at the night skies: Who do you think made all this? Who marches this army of stars out each night, counts them off, calls each by name—so magnificent! so powerful!”God through Isaiah 40:25-26

God’s hand holds this back and releases that. He speaks and earth shudders. He whispers and peace falls like flakes of snow with a promise to blanket. He shuts out the sky and opens up the earth. With a shrug, it could all be over. With a nod, it could all begin again.

There are those who argue that God does not impose His purposes on those who want to go their own way. But, He can dry a path in the sea only to release the dam of His purpose like a monstrous swallow. Sometimes God  shows up like a relentless avalanche of discomfort and a slow moving ambulance.

Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, but oddly, when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed on where he was for two more days. -John 11:5-6

He does whatever He wants without apparent regard to how you feel, what you treasure, or who you love. He has a purpose that reaches beyond your thread count or your blueprints.

The infringement. The disregard. He gives you a glimpse, only to make you wait so long you lose it. He makes you work out only to cancel the race. He fans your excitement and makes you watch the fire die. The wild goose chase of faith and certainty.

Of what are you certain? Certain that He’ll show up on time? Certain that He’ll pave your path? ‘All you have to do is ask’, so you ask and ask and He returns your prayers with silence.

Why does the God, who has storm clouds at His feet and a saddle for cherubim (psalm 18), seem to saunter when you call?

“Master, save us! We’re going down!” -Matthew 8:24-25

You’re a storm inside. Your hopes are in a boat that is being overtaken by the Sea of the Unknown. What good is the power of prayer, the power of having the Creator at your beck and call, if He doesn’t pick up the phone?

Then [Lord] call and I will answer, or let me speak, and You answer me. -Job 13:22 AMP

We know we have an audience. We know that when we whimper, His throne room shudders. We believe in His sovereignty when it serves us. We trust His control, when it works in our obvious favor. When things go wrong, we give homage to evil and to ungodliness. Our half-developed faith has us missing God in the silence. Missing God in the waiting…in the pain of struggle.

Then Jesus became explicit: “Lazarus died. And I am glad for your sakes that I wasn’t there. You’re about to be given new grounds for believing.” -John 11:14-15

You can’t control God. Evil isn’t winning. There is a reason for death. There is a motive for the end. There is purpose in your pain, use for your failure and guidance in your brick walls.

We’re told to fear God. Why fear a god who is tied up by the wrong prayers? ‘Get it right and all your dreams will come true.’ I would have more respect for the prayers. We’re told to trust God. Why trust a god who cannot impose his will on a willful race? I would trust human nature more.

God is not a domesticated beast who sits when He’s told to sit and fetches what you tell Him to fetch. If anyone is on a leash, it’s you. You talk a good talk. Can you stand?

“Gird up your loins now like a man; I will demand of you, and you answer Me.” -God in Job 40:7 AMP (emphasis mine)

He wants you to know Him. When you know Him, you’ll trust Him. His reasons go far beyond your awareness. He is trusting you with His silence.

The death of self. The mourning of loss. The waiting. The doubting. The tear bruised cheeks. And then the dust coming up the road. The thunder in the dark clouds. The same voice that commands the sun to rise and kneel and the stars to gather and glitter is the very voice that ends the pain with a dominating….

“Remove the stone.” -John 11:39

“Silence!” The sea became smooth as glass.-Matthew 8:26

But, where is hope when circumstance controls?

“Master, by this time there’s a stench. He’s been dead four days!” John 11:39

Then he shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” John 11:43

Life from death. Freedom through pain. Grace made evident by failure.

“What’s going on here? Wind and sea come to heel at his command!”Matthew 8:27

“Didn’t I tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”John 11:40



12 Comments on “didn’t He tell you?”

  1. 1 Jason said at 6:18 am on October 14th, 2010:

    I guess I don't know God, then.

  2. 2 Rebekah said at 6:35 am on October 14th, 2010:

    Wow! This is an amazing post! And exactly what I needed this morning as I seem to be "a storm inside," and "He is trusting (me) with His silence." Thank you for writing this!!

  3. 3 Serena Woods said at 7:09 am on October 14th, 2010:


    Awesome. 🙂

    I'm right there with you! I read something the other day that said 'God's silence is an intimate place that comes after He gives you perspective and before He brings you to the place of action.' It made me feel hopeful and gave me some more endurance during the silence.

  4. 4 Randall said at 11:08 am on October 14th, 2010:

    Amazing! Trying to remember the overwhelming expanse that hints at God's territory.

    He's so much greater, …that saunter…He's the unwrinkled, unworried Father and I'm the little boy who thinks he's going to die.

    His lesson? "Toughen up, son. Life get's harder than this."

    And I know I won't be alone.

    Thanks for the reminder and for shouting encouragement through the silence that a few of us are in.

    I'm refreshed.

  5. 5 Rob said at 11:59 am on October 14th, 2010:

    Thanks for this, there is so much in your post, I will be chewing on for a while. I've been waiting on God for a year and a half now. He cannot be manipulated, He is God and He will do what He will do. My faith has been stretched almost to the point of shredding, but through this so far, I do believe my faith in Him is stronger. Waiting is very hard, never knowing when He will silence the storm, trusting, hoping, getting back on the path when I fall. Through it all the most amazing thing, HE NEVER LEAVES ME. I have learned to live by the conviction that I would rather live in the dark with Him and wait for the dawn, than live in the light without Him. Thank you so much for your post, I am looking forward to digging into it.

  6. 6 Serena Woods said at 2:03 pm on October 14th, 2010:

    Randall: Beautiful words from a fellow sojourner. 🙂

    Rob: you echo my heart when you say you would rather live in the dark with Him…than wait in the light without him. I remember driving the streets of a suburb outside of Chicago, telling God the same thing.

    My husband is a sound engineer, touring with bands across the country, while he waits for something more solid. I am an author with a heart to speak God's relentless love and grace into the hearts of the wounded.

    We wait. We hope. We cry. We believe. Faith stretched is faith built.

    One day, it will make sense and the timing will be impeccable.

  7. 7 Natalie said at 2:52 pm on October 14th, 2010:

    Loved reading this today! It's so where I am at right now. It is a good thing to remember that He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He who was faithful to those we read about will be faithful to me! Thanks!

  8. 8 Serena Woods said at 3:52 pm on October 14th, 2010:

    Thanks, Natalie! 🙂

  9. 9 Makeda said at 4:23 pm on October 14th, 2010:

    "He is trusting you with His silence."

    Serena this is a beautiful post with such powerful imagery. It is true we give homage to evil when things don't turn out the way we want them to instead of seeking God even there. Thank you for this reminder tonight.

  10. 10 Serena Woods said at 5:39 pm on October 14th, 2010:

    Thanks, Makeda. 🙂

  11. 11 Joyce said at 8:07 pm on October 14th, 2010:

    "One day, it will make sense and the timing will be impeccable."

    Unfortunately, timing isn't everything. God is not bound by time. My faith fails when I don't hear His voice in my time frame, which – in one case – has been 29 of my 52 years. I despair. Lord help my unbelief.

  12. 12 Julie R. said at 4:19 am on October 16th, 2010:

    This post causes a paradigm shift.

    "If anyone is on a leash, it’s you. You talk a good talk. Can you stand?"

    As Pastor Pete has said, trouble comes when we assume that God thinks and feels as we do.

    Good meaty post…

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