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Silence

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The sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days. (John 11:3-6, NIV)

Has God trusted you with His silence— a silence that has great meaning? God’s silences are actually His answers. Just think of those days of absolute silence in the home at Bethany! Is there anything comparable to those days in your life? ... His silence is the sign that He is bringing you into an even more wonderful understanding of Himself. ... If God has given you a silence, then praise Him—He is bringing you into the mainstream of His purposes. —Oswald Chambers

Sometimes God speaks very clearly. Sometimes God shows up at the first sign of a need. But sometimes God is quiet. Sometimes God doesn’t need to show up immediately. In those moments, it may be that God is trusting us with a silence. And when that happens, we should simply carry on, watch and wait. We can be sure that He will act in the right way at exactly the right time . . . no matter what it looks like in the moment. —Nik Ripken

Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” (John 11:43-44, NIV)

Wait for the Lord and keep his way. (Psalm 37:34, ESV)

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