Scripture Reading:1 Kings 18:1
Elijah had been used by God to hold back rain from the people for over three years, because of their sins. Obviously, he was not well liked as a preacher. I can imagine the stress he experienced during those years. Something strikes me, however, that seems to further complicate Elijah’s situation. “After a long time, in the third year, the word of the LORD came to Elijah: “Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land.”
The famine was three and a half years long. For three and a half years, the people apparently continued to sin, Elijah continued to hold on by faith, but God said nothing. God was apparently inactive… not speaking… even to His great servant Elijah during this time. Have you ever been there? Has the silence of God in your life ever been eerily strong? Imagine you had been faithfully serving… God is using you… you are in constant communication with Him… and then suddenly… everything is quiet. You have to wait. God would soon do a miracle through Elijah… one he couldn’t even imagine… but during this period all Elijah could do was wait.
If you have been a follower of Christ long enough, you may have had periods where it seems God is nowhere to be found. Hear this, a brethren made this lamentation,“I am sure that either God does not listen to prayers or He is non-existent as we are taught to believe. For over fifteen years I have prayed for a life partner; I am now forty-two years and don’t even have a casual friend.” God is God and fully alive but at times, as in this case, He seems to be silent. This is often called “period of spiritual dryness”. St. John of the Cross, called it “the dark night of the soul”. Understanding the “dark night of the soul” the feeling of spiritual emptiness, or being abandoned by God, is natural in the process of growing closer to Christ. Every Christian, on their way to God, must pass through his or her own dark night. What should we do during the times of silence?
Don’t ignore the silence, for some of the biggest moves God has made in my life have come after a period of spiritual dryness… when it seemed like God was doing nothing in my life. Stay very close to God and watch for Him to eventually display His power. He will in the fullness of time.
Jer 30:1-2.12-15.18-22; Ps 102:16-18.19-21.22-23.29(R.17); Accl Jn 1:49b; Gosp Mt 14:22-36 WEEKDAY 18TH of Ordinary Time Sixtus II Pp.M. & Comp. & St Cajetan, P. (Opt Mem)
- Lord, teach me to believe that you are not slow to fulfil your promises. What I see as slowness is actually your great patience towards me and others. Teach me not to allow what I see and experience to determine my faith. Teach me what it means to walk by faith and not by sight. Amen.
Exercise: Meditate on Psalms 46.
Meditation: Psalms 46:1