“WHEN GOD WHISPERS!”

                 Mary Mayko (2003)

When God gently whispers to us, do we really hear His voice?              Will we just keep on talking or be quiet? It really is our choice! Sometimes our lives are filled with things we simply must do!             But! Are they what God wants? Often, we do not have a clue!

We expect His voice to flash like a torch or roar like thunder!            When we do not seem to hear Him, it should make us stop and wonder! The money we have just won’t stretch to meet all our expenses,           yet He softly speaks, “Come now, stop all those defenses!

While fiery trials and storms of life rages all around us,                          We want Him to shout out all the answers, and think He simply must! We just keep looking around for someone else to take our blame!         We can’t seem to hear Him, tho He is speaking our name!

Why do we keep carrying our burdens, as we gripe and complain,                       If we’d just quiet our souls, we could hear Him say, “I will share your pain!      How long will we keep talking in anger as we pray!                                                   How long before we hear His whisper and know what He really has to say!

When we are overcome by illness and lie helpless in our bed                        Many doubts and fears quickly fill our troubled head!                                        But with God’s healing touch we will surely start to mend                                                                             As He gently speaks to remind us. He is with us to the end!

When  our soul is weighed down in anger, agony shame or grief,                    We need to listen closely, foe He will speak peace and sweet relief!               Isn’t it time to “be still” and know God speaks in His gentle way?                    He is teaching us to listen for His answers as we kneel to pray!

If we do not quiet our soul, we may stumble as we are walking!                  Listen now, “Be still and know that I Am God!” Let Him do the talking!       What a delightful blessing to hear Him as He softly speaks to us!                    We have that sweet assurance that “His Voice is the One we truly trust!  

 Heb. 13:5b-6 “Be content with such things as ye have; for He hath said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake you.” So we boldly say, “The LORD is my Helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”Type your paragraph here.

I TRUST THESE SCRIPTURES AND WRITINGS WILL ENCOURAGE YOUR  HEART AND BUILD YOUR FAITH AS YOU READ THROUGH THEM!  Our prayer for this website is that it continues to be a source of encouragement and blessings to all who have stopped by for a visit with us!  Mary Mayko




“SANCTIFIED SILENCE”

Mary Mayko

 

“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth.” Isa. 53:7a.  “But Jesus held his peace.” Matt. 26:63a KJV

“A time to keep silent and a time to speak.” Eccles. 3:7b KJV

 

Sanctified silence is not refusing to speak at all, but the wisdom to quiet your inner man when facing duress of any kind! This is not a suffering silence, but a time to strengthen your spirit and consider when and how to address difficult confrontations or accusations. It is your spirit crying out for God’s guidance to be at work in your inner man!

 

There are times when we are at fault, having done or said something foolish or wrong. Many voices will rise up against you to tempt you or try to trap you by their hurtful words! The Bible often exhorts us to hear God when He speaks, but!  If our mind and mouth is always busy, when will we hear Him? “You will say the wrong thing if you talk too much, so be sensible and watch what you say!” Proverbs 10:19 CEV

 

We sometimes cause much pain and trouble when we talk without thinking of what or say and how it will affect others! At times we just want our own way or desire others look at us and see how wise and important we are! (In our own eyes!) When we speak rashly or without thinking, we can bring shame on ourselves! “Your words have silenced others and made them ashamed, now it is only right for you to be put to shame! Job 11:2 CEV. Job’s so-called comforters did not soothe his spirit, but rasped across his wounded heart like rough sandpaper!

 

In John 8:6-11 Jesus dealt with the accusers of an adulteress. It is very interesting in the way he handled the accusers! Instead of arguing with them, he kept silent, although his actions spoke volumes! He was exposing the evil in their hearts as they kept asking him about her. He had stooped down and was writing on the ground, as if he had not really heard them at all! Of course that angered them, as they were trying to trick him into saying something they could use against him!

 

I love the way he handled a very touchy situation! Then he stood up and looked at them, not the woman, and challenged their own conscience! John 8:7b. He that is without sin among you, let him first cast the first stone at her!” Then he stooped down and wrote something more on the ground! People have wondered down through the centuries what did he write! “Could He have written a list of their sins? This time their own conscience did convict them and they silently left the scene!

 

After the accusers were removed by Jesus’ sanctified silence, then he could deal with the needy woman, her accusers were gone, she was forgiven, cleansed and left free from sin! As we look at how Jesus used godly wisdom to bring her life from what would have surely been her death, can we learn to deal with others more effectively by allowing their own convictions change their lives?

Another story where Jesus used sanctified silence comes to mind! We read of a Canaanite woman who cried out with a legitimate need! Jesus did not even speak to her! When the disciples said to send her away, Jesus replied he had only come to the lost sheep of Israel! The woman was not to be put off! She humbly bowed and worshipped him and told him even little puppies eat crumbs from the Master’s table! She had passed the test! “Then Jesus answered her and said unto her, “O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.” And her daughter was made whole from that very hour!” Matt 15:21-28 KJV

 

The Canaanite woman persisted seeking until she received an answer! She was willing to take whatever crumbs came her way! What about us?  Is the silence we sometimes get from the LORD due to our disobedience, or could it be the LORD is purifying our faith through his sanctified silence? How it frightens us when we cannot seem to hear from God! Will we continue to hold on to our faith and believe He really will answer at just the right moment?

 

It is better for us to be thankful and believing God no matter what we face in life, rather than get angry and doubt His promises! It makes a lot of sense to be a person of few words and stay calm.” Proverbs 17:27 CEV  The world cannot understand why or how a person could face suffering and or death with courageous quietness! Yet because of their love for our Savior, multitudes have done just this very thing! Often the memory of such saints speaks so much louder than the tyrants who put them though suffering or death!

 In times of sanctified silence we can gain the spiritual strength to face our enemies with grace and wisdom! We can learn much though looking at the way Jesus spoke or kept silent! If we weigh our words carefully, they will make of an impact on those who hear us, both the unspoken or spoken words we use! “A soft answer turneth away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger!” Proverbs 15:1 KJV

Mary Mayko is Christian Fellowship's Adult Sunday School Teacher, Church Elder and one of our counselors. Mary also has the pulpit one Tuesday night a month to deliver Gods Word. She has penned inspirational poetry and writings for over 30 years.


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