For 400 years God was silent. But when God finally spoke, it was in an amazing manner.
Silent but Not Absent
Being challenged by someone that the 400 years of silence is a misnomer. That in fact it was not true God was silent because God is always active. I appreciate the individual’s opinion as it got me thinking. According to God’s word, we do not have a record of God speaking, so I stood with the fact that God was silent.
But I could not deny that God is always active. Later, God showed me we had a skewed understanding of silence.
Silence means that there is no making or accompanied by any sound. It also means the person is not speaking or expressing anything aloud.
God was silent. But God was active in the world preparing the way for the Messiah, the son of God. Silence does not mean the absence of God. And that includes when God is silent in our lives.
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5
God Broke the Silence
As you meditate on the silence of God during those 400 years, think of the various times when God spoke.
In creation, God spoke all things in existence and proclaimed them very good (Genisis 1:31).
In the fall of man, God spoke of a coming redeemer (Genesis 3:15)
In Mount Sinai God spoke the law (Exodus 20:1-17)
Many times, God spoke people feared as they were in Mount Sinai (Exodus 20:18). And because of their fear they stood afar off, not daring to draw near to this fearful holy God. If they did, would consumed because of their iniquities.
The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire. Psalm 18:13
With such a fierce presentation, I don’t think many of us would want to draw near to God either. Our Lord was very aware of that, and after the 400 years after Malachi God broke the silence.
God became a helpless baby.
What woman hearing a baby’s cry would not pity such a One?
I want to share a recent audio I recorded that got me thinking about this amazing thought of God breaking the silence with a baby’s cry.
In the following audio you can listen to my thoughts on our Lord’s Christmas cry…
Let this Christmas fill you with awe and the incredible humility of our God. God who allowed Himself to become a baby and cared for by a woman. Mary was an imperfect woman like you and I who trusted in a perfect God. She knew her God, and she knew her purpose.
And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
Allow Christmas 2020 to be filled with your amazing God who created you, came as a helpless babe and lived a sinless life that you could not live. And He died the death you could not die for only Jesus Christ could deliver you from the power of sin.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:12
And when you rejoice in His sweet deliverance, 2021 will become the start of an amazing year.
The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Jeremiah 31:3
To GOD be ALL the GLORY
In His hands,
Ann Marie Moore