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WHEN GOD IS SILENT (6 of 8)
The Will of God
Rev. Jim Henry
Sunday 10/28/01, 9:15 A.M. Service
Ingmar Bergman was a famous Swedish filmmaker who
one night, dreamed he was in a great cathedral. He
walked around until he came to a picture of Christ.
He stood there for a long time and finally he said,
"Christ, speak to me. I am not going to leave this
place until you speak to me." Bergman said that in the
vision he waited and waited and Christ did not speak
to him after the dream and the vision so he made a
movie called "The Silence." It was the story of
people who come to despair because they felt like God
was silent. Certainly there's a time when we're
praying for God's will and His way there, come those
moments when He is silent.
I think many of you can reflect upon what one of
my brothers in Christ said recently. He said, “I was
practicing listening to the voice of God on my drive
to work, like you said in a recent message. Rather
than talk to God like I usually do going to work, I
said to my self I would listen. I listened all the
way until I got near my office and just as I got to
the light before the office, I said out loud, 'Well
God I haven't heard a word you might be saying and
I've really been listening but maybe you didn't have
anything to say to me today.’ I'm sure some of you
have felt the same way. Maybe God didn't have
anything to say to you today.
That's not an uncommon thing and in God's Word I
think we can find some hope and also some insight.
Psalm 22:1 and 2 says: "My God, my God, why have you
forsaken me? Why are you so far from the words of my
groaning? O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not
answer, by night and am not silent." Some hundreds of
years later Jesus Christ on the cross called Calvary
used those very words from that Psalm when He said,
"My God, My God why have you forsaken me?" The
silence of God. When we think of the silenc ...
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