“These things you have done and I kept silent; you thought that I was altogether like you; But I will rebuke you, And set them in order, before your eyes.” Psalm 50:21 (KJV)
As I survey current events, my heart weeps. Crime against mankind continues to escalate. Abuse of the poor and defenseless, witness to the selfish society we now live in. The “heavens and the earth” suffer from the blatant disregard of man for God’s creation so that he might accumulates monies to squander on his various “lusts and pleasures” (Titus 3:3). As social and religious groups unite in prayer to regain their community and their country, many ask, does God hear? Does He see? Why does God remain silent when there is so much injustice and wrongdoing? God does hear and see. He will not remain silent forever. He will set His house in order. God speaks even in silence.
Of the many attributes of God, the one most misunderstood is His justice. Believers are quick to acknowledge God’s moral attributes—grace, mercy, and love, but His justice seems out of character with who they believe Him to be. Perhaps these misinformed believers hope that His moral qualities will “ignore or overlook” their obvious disregard for His laws and commandments. God dministers His kingdom in accordance with His law and expects His moral agents, believers, to adhere to the standards of justice which He has established (Micah 6:8).
At times the rule of God does not appear to be “just.” The evil (people) continue to prosper and everything continues as it always has before. Sin appears unpunished and righteousness seems to go unrewarded (Psalm 73:3-12). C. S. Lewis, acclaimed novelist and lay theologian, helps us keep God’s justice in perspective:
The justice of God must not be evaluated on a short-term basis. Within this life it will often appear incomplete or imperfect. Earthly life is not all there is, however. There is a life beyond and in the scope of all eternity; God’s justice will be complete.
In His perceived silence, God is speaking loudly. Perhaps believers have chosen to close their ears—not listening to His instructions. As a result they now live in spiritual blindness rather than newness of life (Romans 6:4). God’s longsuffering grace should never be looked upon as laxity nor abused (2 Peter 3:3-10). God’s reckoning with rebellion and disobedience will indeed be manifested.
The religious leaders of Jesus’ day suffered from both hypocrisy and rebellion. They refused the Living Word who lived among them. Today God has given us both His Word and His Holy Spirit to lead us into truth and righteousness. Do not turn Him away. Hear God speaking today.
SELAH: Have you ever felt God was silent in your life? Ask God to share with you what He was doing in your life during that period of “silence.”