God comes in silence, and listening for that silence is finally what gets Elijah closer to what God really has in store for his life. It is far past time for us to relinquish these antiquated and absurd notions about a God who rewards and punishes our human actions in directly cruel and sadistic ways. Down that road too many have gone, a road that leads only to needless pain and useless explanations about the difficulties of our human lives. 1 Kings 19:12 — John C. Holbert

 

 

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God shows up all right, but in “the sound of sheer silence” (1 Kgs 19:12).

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/james-emery-white-the-silence-of-god-perhaps-its-not-silence-were-encountering-while-we-seek-god-but-rather-a-pregnant-pause-a-prompting-to-engage-in-personal-reflection-so-that-t/

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James Emery White:  The Silence of God  — Perhaps it’s not silence we’re encountering while we seek God, but rather a pregnant pause — a prompting to engage in personal reflection so that the deepest of answers, the most profound of responses, can be given and received.  Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls. (Psalms 41:5-7) The psalmist comes to see that there is no silence; the answer coming from God is deeper than words. God is present, and speaking, but what he’s saying isn’t resting on the surface waters of life. This is a season where deep is calling to deep or, as Thomas Kelly phrases it, a time of going “down into the recreating silences.”

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