“He is not silent. The reason we have the answer is because the infinite-personal God, the full Trinitarian God, has not been silent. He has told us who He is.” -Francis A. Schaeffer, He Is There and He Is Not Silent (Ch. 1)
The conversation begins with creation. Majestic redwoods, lofty mountain-tops, ocean deeps, the nightly dance of stars and planets choreographed across the Milky Way; these natural events attest to the existence of God. From the vastness of the created universe to the minute intricacies of the human body, the miracles of creation unfold around us, advertising the glories of God. Their declaration is bold and relentless, but man suppresses the truth and finds himself without excuse.
For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. (Rom 1:19-20)
Man, for all intents and purposes, tells God to shut-up.
How does God respond to this? Surely He has not responded according to what we deserve. We deserve silence. The close-lipped silence of the grave, and certainly not the words of a gracious, life-giving God who sends His Son to die for the sins of the world.
What we deserve and what we get are two very different things. In the Garden of Eden, the Creator of the Universe uses words. He speaks to Adam and Eve. He gives them boundaries and defines their world. But Adam and Eve choose not to believe God’s words and give credence to Satan’s words instead. The consequences are catastrophic. God would have been completely within His rights to turn His back on Adam and cut off all communication. But instead, God seeks Adam out, calling to him in the cool of the day, “Where are you?”
Yes, we deserve silence…
…but in these last days he has spoken to us by His Son…(Heb 1:2)
Consider the words of the Word of Life:
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matt 11:28)
…I came not to call the righteous, but sinners. (Mark 2:17)
…I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6)
I am the bread of life. (John 6:48)
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. (John 3:14)
God speaks the Gospel through His Son. Will you believe His words today?
Listen to the words of Jesus. Believe His words and be saved.
By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel