“Quench not the Spirit”—1 Thessalonians 5:19
No one can control God, but we surely try with all our human tactics. Just like we don’t talk to others so they continue to see us in a positive way or punish them with our silence, we try the same thing with God. Even though we know that He already knows everything about us, we may choose not to talk to Him about our issues; we think that somehow talking to Him about our stuff will confirm for Him just how wretched we are (as if He didn’t already know).
When we get mad at God (Admit it, you get mad at Him from time to time.), we give Him the silent treatment. We don’t pray because we want to deprive Him of our company. Then there are those times that we don’t think He will approve of what we want so we choose not to talk to Him at all. Or maybe we did pray about what we wanted, but God didn’t respond. We go ahead and do what we want because “God didn’t say no.” We interpret His silence as permission.
These are all our attempts to control the God of the universe. We attempt to impress Him, punish Him and ignore Him all in hopes of getting what we want. Just like with human relationships, silence can be deadly. It kills our fellowship with God. It takes us to a place that’s easy to get to but hard to recover from.
Copyright 2009 By Rhonda J. Smith