“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”2 Peter 3:9
Hundreds and hundreds of years went by after the last recorded words of the Old Testament Scriptures until we have the first written words of Matthew’s Gospel. God’s people heard Malachi’s final words, and then there was utter silence. Generations of Israelites must have grown desperate to hear from the Lord as their ancestors had with God’s audible voice coming through the skies and through burning bushes. He had sent angels and dreams and writing on a wall and prophets. But now there was silence, a very long pause before God broke through time and space to identify Himself through the Word which became flesh: Jesus Christ.
Have you sometimes felt God is completely silent in your life? Have you rested firmly in His promises yet wondered why He is so slow to bring about change in your circumstances? Take heart as you wait. He is more patient than you can ever comprehend. Even in the silence, He has spoken to you with the ultimate Word, Jesus. And you hold that Word in your hands. Because of Jesus, your conversation with the living God is mutual and ongoing.
“God says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God,’ as if he means to tell us that our strength and safety lie not in noise but in silence.” (A.W. Tozer)