While we suffer, we may want silence from people around us rather than all the advice they may have to offer. But we don’t want silence from God. We surely want to hear his voice. Thus, his silence may disturb us beyond measure.
In the book of Revelation seals, trumpets, and bowls described the many events that would occur during the end times. Most of these events were calamities that shook the nations. As a result of the troubles, the people suffer severely.
While revealing many hidden things, God decides to hide the contents of “seven thunders.” These would be actual events that are to occur. We certainly want to know about events coming up in the future. But here, God remains silent.
And when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down” (Revelations 10:4).
Why would God remain silent regarding the things that are coming up in our lives? How can we make sense of this silence when we want to hear God’s voice about the future? What are we to understand from this? From the text in Revelations we come to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter. God’s will is to be accomplished and His Kingdom is to be established.
The angel promised that at the trumpet call of the seventh angel, that the mystery of God would be fulfilled. That mystery was the establishing of God’s kingdom and rule.
Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever” (Revelations 11:15).
So, what happened during the seven thunders? It doesn’t really matter all that much since we know that in the end, God’s kingdom will be established.
What are we to do with God’s silence in the midst of our deepest struggles? Remember to trust God that as we submit to him, his will and rule will be established in our lives. God has the last word. He will not leave you helpless and abandoned. He will save. He will deliver. He will establish his kingdom in your life.
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