Church doesn't have to be a place where you get lost in the crowd. At FBC Westhoff (First Baptist Church) you'll find a congregation that always has room for one more; a place where the Bible is preached with conviction, and where the love of God is tangibly expressed beginning with our welcome of every visitor. Come and grow with us through the various discipleship and fellowship opportunities offered throughout the year. We are a small church full of loving hearts, here for you.
What we truly desire will be found out in those moments when God is silent.
If, in His silence a person can simply shrug his or her shoulders and continue on – no grief, no longing, no heartache can there be any doubt that he or she has no desire to know and really no relationship at all with the Lord?
The reasons for the silence of the Lord are many.
Sometimes He is silent because we chose not to listen the last time He spoke. Sometimes He is silent because we let way too many other voices crowd His out – entertainment in its various forms, the news of the day and social media head the top of a list of other voices vying for our attention.
Before we get too far, already I know that someone will be thinking, “How do we hear God anyway?”
You know what I’m going to say; we hear Him loudest through His Word – the Bible but we also hear Him in other ways through prayer, through other people; I can’t really explain it well but you know it when He’s talking to you because He bypasses your ears often and speaks straight into your heart.
When I know we’re connected I can feel the connection – the hunger, the fervor, the unction, the leading; and when He is silent – I know that too.
His silence may be the consequence of sin which has yet to be repented of or simply a test but sometimes His silence is meant to whet the spiritual whistle and draw me into a deeper search and greater desire for His voice and presence.
Has the Lord been silent in your life lately? Do you know why? What are you going to do about it?
Click to listen to last Sunday's message titled "Silent God."