A message from Ana~
I recognized an extreme sense of loneliness in my life. My son left home with the Navy, and I didn’t enjoy the long bouts of silence from him when he was deployed. A change of job and church left me feeling silence on the social front. And I failed to take these feelings to God and began to sense a silence from Him.
I dove into Scripture, wanting to learn what I was missing so I could regain that sense of closeness I was craving with God. I found my answers in Esther, Habakkuk, and 1 Kings 19:11-13.
Esther didn’t have a fresh message from God with instructions. So she did what she knew to do with what she had. She had
- Knowledge about God stored up
- Godly mentor (Mordecai)
- She knew fasting and prayer brought God into the situation
- Sometimes you have to step in faith.
Her story makes me so grateful for this truth:
Habakkuk went to God with troubling questions, and closed his prayer with these words:
God responded to him AFTER Habakkuk reached out and waited for a reply. We need to follow his example! So how do we recognize God’s voice? Elijah’s story in 1 Kings helps:
Esther made a point to seek God with prayer and fasting. Habakkuk got away to pray. Elijah got away to pray. They knew this: it is hard to hear God over the noise.
We have to take every thought captive and decide to ignore the voice of self-doubt and focus, instead, in God’s Voice of Truth.
Here are some helpful tips to help you STAND in the silence and for practicing the spiritual discipline of Silence.