By: Tim Sader
Then they will cry out to the Lord, but he will not answer them. At that time he will hide his face from them because of the evil they have done. (Micah 3:4)
Last week we learned that being too busy is the enemy of spiritual growth and causes many believers to backslide. To fight against hurry we need to learn how to say; no, I am doing a great work, and I cannot come down. How often do we pray and seek God for things and feel that He has no answer for us? For the most part when He is not answering the problem is not with Him but with us in some way. Maybe, like last week we say a quick prayer and get to busy to listen for Him to answer. I heard a nun speak on the topic of prayers not being answered and she said it’s not that the prayer hasn’t been answered but that the answer is no or not right now. God does not always answer prayers the way we think He should that is why we must ask and wait for an answer until we are sure it is God’s solution and not our own. Sometimes when I am busy with things my wife will ask a question and sometimes I do not answer. I don’t recommend doing this all the time and I’m trying to change so this don’t continue happening. I’m not saying God doesn’t answer because He is too busy but there maybe things that need to happen before we can receive His answer. It is also possible that because of our wickedness and evil desires that we are blocking up the line of communication. We are talking to God but we are breaking up, all He can hear is static and we cannot find a clear signal. Sin makes static in our communication with God; we cry out to Him but we are sending mixed signals that He can’t quite understand.
After Israel became a nation they grew tired of the judges and wanted a king like other nations. Samuel the prophet told the people that a king would greatly complicate their lives. A king would take a tenth of their flocks, and they would become his slaves. When they chose their king, God warns that a day will come when they will cry for relief but He would not answer them (1 Samuel 8:17-18). The people of Israel like many of us thought they knew what they needed from God when really it’s our own way that we are looking for. God says choose but that way will be difficult and it might be good but My way is best and when it all falls apart I will not even listen to the cries. Israel chose their king and one day Saul asked God if they should pursue the Philistines and have a victory. God did not answer him on that day. Since there was no answer Saul called the leaders of the armies so they could find out what sin had been committed that day (1 Samuel 14:37-38). Saul knew if God is not responding then we have done something to stop communication and he intended to clear it up. In Christ clearing things up has been made easier but quite possibly if there’s no answer from God we need to clear things up with Him. God does not answer because of evil pride. He knows not to listen to empty pleas and pays no attention them. If they act like God is not there how much less will He listen? Yet their case has been made but they must wait for Him (Job 35:12-14)! Those who hate knowledge and do not fear the Lord, they call on God but He will not answer. Since they would not accept advice or rebuke they will eat and be filled by the fruit of their schemes. Waywardness of the simple and the complacency of fools will be their down fall but whoever listens to the Lord will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm (Proverbs 1:28-33). Those who forsake Him are destine for destruction because He called and there was no answer. The servants of God will eat, drink and rejoice but they will go hungry, be thirsty and put to shame (Isaiah 65:11-13). There are many reasons God gives no answer when we call to Him but the only way to receive the answer is fellowship with Him and through the forgiveness we find in Christ.
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16