Why Is God Silent, When The World Is Not ?
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