Silence. As a Mama, silence can be beautiful. Yet, for the nation of Israel – silence was anything but golden or beautiful. God, who had spoken so loud and boldly throughout the Old Testament went silent. Not just for a day – but for 400 years.
The bride and her groom had not spoken in 400 years.
Yet, God broke the silence. God always makes the first move.
In Luke chapter 1, God boldly breaks the silence. There had been no vocal prophet of the Lord for 400 years, and there, in the temple in Jerusalem, God sent an angel to speak words that shook a man to his very core.
Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. Luke 1:13
The very first words spoken to anyone from the Lord are about a birth of a son – a son that was prayed for. Yet, it was met by Zacharias unbelief.
God’s silence breaking doesn’t end there – He sends yet another angel, Gabriel, to bring a young girl a message. This message had similar characteristics of the last message – except for the response:
Do not be afraid, Mary, fro you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus, He will be great, and will be called the Son of the highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His Kingdom there will be no end. Luke 1:30-33
Then Mary said, Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word. Luke 1:38
Both Zacharias and Mary wanted to know how these great feats were going to happen – Elizabeth conceiving and child in her old age, and Mary, conceiving a child when she had never been with a man. The difference was also in their circumstances- for Zacharias, there was no question about his character – for Mary, it would cost her everything.
Yet, Zacharias questioned and asked God for a sign – and a sign is exactly what he got. His sign what he got. The silence that God broke by having the angel speak to him – became the sign that Zacharias would live with until his child was born. It was in Zacharias’ obedience that his voice was returned.
For Mary, when the word of the Lord came, her response was a response of faith. Her words spoke faith boldly – even though it seemed impossible, she knew that God was in control.
- Even when the culture would go against her.
- Even when Joseph might not believe her.
- Even when she was unsure of her circumstances.
- Even when she didn’t completely understand
All of those things could have caused her to doubt, or question. Yet, when God broke the silence – Mary obeyed.
Our Response When God Breaks the Silence
There are times when God seems silent in our lives as well. There are times we read the word, and it feels like dry words on a page, and not a living, breathing love letter word.
God isn’t silent in the same way he was silent between the Old and New Testament, but there are times when we don’t hear from Him like we should. Maybe we aren’t reading the Word. Maybe we are living in unconfessed sin. . Maybe – just maybe- we don’t like what He is saying, and so we have just quit listening.
Yet, when God breaks the silence in our lives, what is our response? Do we respond like Zacharias, asking for a sign? Or, do we respond like Mary, allowing God to work in mighty ways in our lives?
God probably won’t use an angel to break the silence with you – but He will speak. We have to be listening, and we have to be willing – but God will break the silence in our lives.
Our response is our choice.
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