At one time or the other in our lives, we may have felt that God seem to be far from us. But can God really distance himself from us? Never! God is not a man that he should lie neither will He speak and it will not come to pass. He said we are continually before Him. So it is our thought that takes us away from Him. Even at that, His right hand quietly leads and guides us wherever we stray.
The woman with the issue of blood as the Bible recorded suffered for twelve years. She had been to many doctors yet there was no solution to her case, until the Silent God decided to open up. She received an instant remarkable healing. Through the twelve years she was going from one doctor to another, wasn’t God seeing her? Why did He allow her to suffer for that length of time? Was it because of her sin or because her portion in the land of the living was suffering? We will find out later!
Young Joseph also suffered terribly while indirectly waiting for God to act. Nature made it that he was the beloved of the father. It wasn’t his making. And God in his peculiar way of doing His things caused him to have a controversial dream which in the eyes of his brothers cost him his life. Ordinarily, whatever God has ordained must come to pass no matter the obstacles that might crop up to hinder it.
When his brothers were mal-handling him before they threw him into the pit, Joseph may have cried heaven and hell to be freed but he was not headed. God heard his cry and answered through the intervention of Reuben who pleaded that they should not kill him but throw him into the pit.
I believe for him there was no salvation yet. Would it be that selling him into slavery will bring the needed peace and freedom? In Potiphar’s house, his situation grew worst. His terrible experience in this house landed a little boy of under twenty into prison. What was he doing in the prison? He may have been pondering how wicked his brothers were, how Potiphar’s wife wanted to defile him. But the silent God was beside him, grooming and blessing him with wisdom. It was in the prison that The silent God decided to open up to him.
In Gen 40:23, the Kings wine steward never gave Joseph another thought – he forgot all about him after his release from the prison where he co-inhabited with Joseph. But after two years, God caused Joseph to be remembered – to interpret the King’s dream, which he did very well and suggested what should be done. He was brought out from prison into palace. His terrible situation changed to desirable condition. He scaled through the hurdle of “3 Ps” - ( From Potiphar to Prison to Palace) to be remembered for what he is today.
So, when you think that God is silent to you, rejoice for better and marvelous things are waiting for you only if you will not defile yourself. The period of groaning and waiting is designed by God to manifest his glory through you. And when you pass the test, without losing focus, you will receive abundant joy and fulfillment which will even surprise you.
You need the courage with which the woman with the issue of blood made up her mind that if only she touch the helm of Jesus’ garment, she would be made whole and indeed she was made whole.
Joseph a young Hebrew, did not dent himself with Potiphar’s wife during his own trial. He continued to acknowledge and reverence God and God exalted him that His original purpose for Joseph came to pass. Hid brothers eventually reverenced him as a king. His dream came through.
For you out there! just rejoice for the Silent God will speak one day!