Part of a Series: Preparing the Way

By Steve Dunn

Text: Romans 5:6

For basically 400 years, God went silent. After centuries of prophets calling us people to repent and return to the way of the Lord, no new prophets were raised up. Malachi, was center stage from 417-437 was the last of a line if spokespersons for nearly 400 years before that beginning with Joel (835-796 BC) and Obadiah (850-840 BC).

How did Israel and Judah deal with this silence? By growing increasingly under the influence of the Greco-Roman culture and its values. By degenerating into a highly legalistic religion that focused on separation and performance instead of genuine repentance and obedience. And in their weakened, divided state become unruly vassals of the Roman Empire. For many a generally a frustrated physical and empty spiritual life.

Did you ever wonder why God went silent? I often think of the adult leading a group of loud, unruly and disrespectful batch of kids. The leader needs to gain control of the situation by getting them under control, but first he has to get their attention.

I believe that God used silence to get their attention so that when he entered the world, they might finally recognize the state of their lives and the world and be ready for something new. The Good News of the Kingdom.

God’s ways are often beyond our comprehension. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9, Berean Study Bible)

What is important is the understanding that He does His work when He thinks we are ready to finally receive it. “When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.”

Are you close to God at this time or far away? Are you still banking that your way is the best way or is it finally time to follow the way of the Lord?

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