Because we are seeing chaos around the world in our day, many are asking ‘where is God in all this, and why doesn’t He act to stop evil from gaining more of a foothold’? Before I answer that question, let me remind you of John’s words, “We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” (1 John 5:19). This distinction between “we”, those in Christ, and those in the world controlled by “the evil one” is vital if we are to think biblically about current events. We tend to expect different behavior from the world, particularly most world leaders, when in fact they have no personal relationship with God through Jesus, that gives a moral foundation from which to make decisions or act rightly.
Let me go back to the question in my title--I will borrow some wise words from F. W. Boreham that are worth thoughtful consideration. “Silence does not mean inactivity any more than noise means power. God is so wonderfully silent because He is so wonderfully active. A whisper from God is enough to tell me that He cares for me, for He whispers to me.” (A Packet of Surprises, page 126).
When Elijah’s life was being threatened by Ahab and Jezebel, he felt his life was in grave danger. But “the word of the Lord came to him and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” It was true that the enemies of God’s people were working havoc, much like what is happening today, and he felt that his life and ministry were about over. “And [the Lord] said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.” (1 Kings 19:11–12). Judgment will come, but it must wait for God’s timing.
The key to knowing that God is working in triumphant victory in our day, in spite of progressive evil, is getting into the presence of the Lord. Stand, kneel or sit; it makes no difference, but get into His presence! He will not shout at you, but He will whisper in tones of grace and the understanding of the Spirit. If you “know that [you] are from God” through new birth and salvation in Christ, then you have the Holy Spirit who will speak in a whisper to your heart. He will give you “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, [and] will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7). This will free you from fear and help you focus on the work God’s has ordained you to do.
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