Silence Before the Majesty of God

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When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. - Revelation 8:1 ESV

Imagine someone who knew little about music going on and on in criticism of Johann Bach after a concert. Imagine someone who knew little about basketball going on and on telling Michael Jordan how to play the game. Imagine a person who knew little about physics taking over a lecture by Albert Einstein. Yet is this not what we do with Almighty God?

We dare to judge God the Eternal, Absolute King for His decrees. We dare to judge the All-Wise God for His decisions. We dare to question the goodness of the God who has continually demonstrated His grace to all mankind, the apex of which is sending His Son to suffer and die in our place in order to save all sinners who will believe in Him.

When Job declared his own righteousness before God and demanded answers from God for his suffering in Job 29-31, God responded in Job 38-41 by pointing out the great differences between Himself and Job; yet He stopped short of answering Job’s demand “Why?” In the midst of God revealing the glory of His absolute power, wisdom, and control demonstrated in creation, Job sees his own foolishness. Finally he states, “Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth. I have spoken once, and I will not answer; twice, but I will proceed no further!” (Job 40:4-5 ESV).

In the face of seeing the glory of God, Job goes silent in reverential awe of Almighty God! Habakkuk states: “The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him” (Habakkuk 2:20 ESV). We know we have glimpsed the glory of God when our arguments with and criticism of God cease, and we stand silent before Him in awe and reverence, desiring only to gaze upon Jesus Christ.

Submitted by:
David Brandts
New Life Church
Cincinnati, Ohio

One-Year Bible Reading
1 Chronicles 9:1-10:14
Acts 27:21-44
Psalm 8:1-9
Proverbs 18:23-24

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