Apostle Grace Lubega
Genesis 16:16-17:1 (KJV); And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram. And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
When you study the scriptures, you will realise that Abraham had Ishmael at the age of eighty six (Genesis 16:16). There is a time lag of thirteen years between Genesis 16:16 and Genesis 17:1. It appears that God did not speak to Abraham from Genesis 16:16 when he was eighty six years old to Genesis 17:1 when he was ninety nine years old.
This is no mere coincidence as the scriptures are trying to teach us something fundamental about God and how He works.
Why would God go silent for a period of thirteen years? Why is there no record of how God interacted with Abraham within this time period?
In the previous devotions, we learnt that God promised Abraham several times that he would make him a great nation but our father had not fully conceived what God meant by His promise. He went ahead to attempt to fulfill the promise by His own ability through having a child with Hagar (Genesis 16).
The Hebrew number thirteen signifies rebellion. Here, we learn that sometimes God’s silence is not because He has not instructed us on a matter but because He has spoken before and we did not understand. He is silent when we take the path of human effort to fulfil divine purpose. Nothing silences the voice of counsel like rebellion by a man.
If you are wondering why God is so silent about a particular issue in your life, it may be because the first time He spoke, you did not do it His way and chose to do it your way.
Examine yourself. Instead of crying over His silence, return to the point of the first instruction. If you deviated from the path He asked you to take, change course and align yourself to His will and purposes.
His name be praised.
FURTHER STUDY: Psalm 119:59-60, Genesis 16
GOLDEN NUGGET: Sometimes God’s silence is not because He has not instructed us on a matter but because He has spoken before and we did not understand. He is silent when we take the path of human effort to fulfill divine purpose. Nothing silences the voice of counsel like rebellion by a man.
PRAYER: My Lord, I thank You for this word. Your instructions are the path of life. They light my way and mark my life with victory. I open my spirit to hear You distinctly when we speak. Your voice is clear to me, telling me which way I should go. I will not turn to the right or to the left but will always live as one led by You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.