Saturday, October 11, 2008

Enjoy the Silence- Toya
Anberlin, who has a brand new album out by the way, covered this Depeche Mode song on one of their albums.  I hope Stephen hasn't noticed that there has been considerably less blogging about our favorite band since he got married. It is purely best...I guess.

The email below is an email that I sent to some friends of mine earlier today but I decided to share it with all of you. Hope you are encouraged by it.

Yes, I am still up. I don't have a job yet remember? The days just run together now.

I don't know if you read or have read Utmost for His Highest but this was timely.  It's that 2 month mark until my birthday now and I didn't figure that out by the calendar but by me asking "Ok God, I did really good this year (considering). I grew ALOT this year soooooo....where is he?" I have asked this same question this time of year for years. As if me coming closer to perfection (BIG LAUGH) has anything to do with me finally meeting my best friend and falling in love. Marriage is not some sort of prize that comes to the most righteous.

I have been getting silence. I mean DEAD silence without even the sound of rolling tumbleweeds.  No wait, be patient, just silence. It's crazy because I feel like I get an answer for everything else. All that to say, today's devotional shed some light for me today...Saturday, at 2 am.  Wow.

My Utmost for His Highest - October 11

Title: After God's Silence - What?

Key Verse: When He had heard therefore that he was sick, He abode two days
in the same place where he was.

Click link below to study this verse: John 11:6

Has God trusted you with a silence - a silence that is big with meaning?
God's silences are His answers. Think of those days of absolute silence in
the home at Bethany! Is there anything analogous to those days in your
life? Can God trust you like that, or are you still asking for a visible
answer? God will give you the blessings you ask if you will not go any
further without them; but His silence is the sign that He is bringing you
into a marvellous understanding of Himself. Are you mourning before God
because you have not had an audible response? You will find that God has
trusted you in the most intimate way possible, with an absolute silence,
not of despair, but of pleasure, because He saw that you could stand a
bigger revelation. If God has given you a silence, praise Him, He is
bringing you into the great run of His purposes. The manifestation of the
answer in time is a matter of God's sovereignty. Time is nothing to God.
For a while you said - "I asked God to give me bread, and He gave me a
stone." He did not, and to-day you find He gave you the bread of life.

 A wonderful thing about God's silence is that the contagion of His
stillness gets into you and you become perfectly confident - "I know God
has heard me." His silence is the proof that He has. As long as you have
the idea that God will bless you in answer to prayer, He will do it, but
He will never give you the grace of silence. If Jesus Christ is bringing
you into the understanding that prayer is for the glorifying of His
Father, He will give you the first sign of His intimacy - silence.

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