Why Is God Silent, When The World Is Not?

Why Is God Silent, When The World Is Not ?

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When life hits us with unexpected challenges or prolonged suffering, faith gets shattered. There will be times when grief and loneliness overshadows and make us question ‘Why is this happening to me? Why God is not interfering? Why is He quiet? If God is just, why did He not defend me from false accusations?’

In Genesis, we see Joseph lost His mother at a young age. He grew up in His Father’s love and care. His brothers envied him and had thrown him in a pit. They sold him as a slave to Egypt, separating him from his father. In Egypt, in-spite of being faithful to potiphar’s household, he was falsely accused by potiphar’s wife and was sent to prison and was later forgotten for few years. Have you ever wondered ‘Why was God silent when Joseph was unjustly treated and thrown into the pit by his own brothers? Why didn’t He stop them when he was sold as a slave? Why didn’t He immediately defend Joseph when he was falsely accused? Did God forget or overlook him?’ The answer is “God was preparing Joseph to carry the destiny He had planned for him.”  He did not stop it from happening. But instead, He was with Joseph in the pit and in the prison. He never left Joseph to go through it alone. He molded Joseph’s character in every trial he faced and prepared him to become the second most powerful person in Egypt.

Whatever hardship we go through, we have a High Priest who understands and intercede for us. “Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted – Hebrews 2:18.” Jesus is our high priest who was tempted in every way when He lived in humanly form. Don’t lose heart nor give up for “the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast – 1 Peter 5:10.”

Remember always what God says about you: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11

— Shabna Nikhil

When We Think Egypt Was Better….!!!

When We Think Egypt Was Better….!!!

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Deuteronomy 8:2 “Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.”

The story of Israelites wandering in the wilderness for 40 years teaches us many lessons. Thousands of years later, even today their disobedience and unbelief in God stands as a warning for us. When the Egyptians tormented them in Egypt, God heard their cry and raised Moses to bring them out of Egypt. God had departed the Red Sea and made them walk on the dry land. But even after doing so many miracles in front of their eyes, when they are running out of food and water in the wilderness, they grumbled against God. Now, let us take a moment and think. ‘The God who performed mighty miracles to bring them out of Egypt, is He not aware of their hunger and thirst?’ The Bible says that He tested them in the wilderness. But is God unaware of what is in their hearts? Is it a surprise to Him? Definitely Not! The Word says, “You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.” By allowing certain discomforts, God wanted to build faith in their hearts, so that they would keep His commands and receive all the blessings. Yes, they are absolutely walking in the will of God, yet God allowed certain discomforts to humble and train them.

When we were praying so earnestly for a new apartment in a particular area, God miraculously opened an apartment and also He customized it according to our likes. When we moved into the house, it was so beautiful and more than what we asked for in prayer. We felt very happy and thanked God. Two days later, the dishwasher stopped working and found there are few other minor repairs in the house and the maintenance people are responding very late. It was very irritating and my immediate response was, “God, I had a good dishwasher in my previous apartment, why did you bring me here to struggle with this faulty one?” Then the Holy Spirit reminded me of the Israelites who grumbled for food and water. Instead of remembering the previous miracles and praying to God with faith for their present needs, they grumbled as soon as they faced a discomfort. I realized and repented for my attitude and started praising God. Later, we were given a brand new dishwasher because of that faulty one and all the other problems we had in the house slowly got cleared.

Walking in God’s will does not assure us a problem free life. Sometimes, He allows certain discomforts along with a blessing just to grab our attention towards Him. They humble us and make our roots grow more deeper in Him.

— Shabna Nikhil

You Are In GOD’S Training Phase!!

You Are In GOD’S Training Phase!!

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“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11

Often, the time between God gives His promise and its fulfillment is the toughest. It can be compared to a seed germination process under the soil. When a seed is buried in the soil, it is surrounded by darkness, cut off from the outside world. Suffocating inside the soil, it feels to come out pushing through the soil, but it is helpless. It gradually develops perseverance to sustain inside the soil and slowly grows roots which penetrates inside the soil to hold grip. After sometime, the outer covering of the seed is torn and the stem shoots up through the soil. The seed doesn’t know that the one who buried it inside the soil is waiting anxiously for it to grow and come out. It may feel, why did he bury me inside? It’s dark and suffocating here. Why don’t he take me out of here?

When God calls us for a purpose, He disciplines us first before using us for His glory. There will be times where He hides us in the soil and wait for our roots to grow and our outer covering i.e., our fleshly nature to be removed because that covering prevents us from moving forward. And only the person who had buried the seed inside the soil knows what kind of tree it is going to be in the future. Similarly, God sees us the way what we are going to be. There are many examples of people whom God had disciplined before exalting them. God trained David before he became a king. Joseph went through slavery before he became the Prime Minister of Egypt.

Discipline is always painful. It’s not fun. But the fruit it bears is worth the pain. The father disciplines those whom He loves.

Hebrews 12:5-12 says,

“‘My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.’

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all… …God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.”

— Shabna Nikhil