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I could give you philosophical and theological reasons why but they are little consolation to someone suffering. I think what is important is to tell you what I’ve learned about God’s silence. It has taken me 50 years, but I’ve learned something very important about God. I can’t get him to do what I want, because He does only what He wants me to do. Yes, it has taken me many years to get this important point, but I’ve finally gotten it. God is not going to work for me unless I allow Him to work through me. That requires surrender on my part.
A couple years ago, I woke up and said, “Lord not my will, but Thy will be done.” From that day until present time, I’ve rested in Him. I’ve stopped trying to explain God’s actions and started trusting Him through every circumstance in my life. I’m at peace with God, not because I can explain His ways. I can’t. I’m at peace with God because I trust Him to do what is best. I can agree with father Abraham, “Shall not Judge of all earth do right?” (Gen. 18:25) And Job, also, “For he will not lay upon man more than [is] right” (Job 34:23) and “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (13:15). After all, God owns me. He can do as He desires.
Keep faith. Stay course. Jesus is coming soon.
Pastors a small church in Broken Arrow, OK. US Navy Veteran and retired police officer. Father of three grown children. Lover of America.