When God is Silent




This week in our series through 1 Samuel, we saw where Saul became desperate to hear the voice of God. You and I can likely relate. Perhaps you have been in situations where you wanted desperately to hear the voice of God. The question that must be asked is this: why do I not hear God?


I believe there are two reasons that Saul did not hear God speak in 1 Samuel 28. First, Saul was not hearing from God because of the sin in his life. This is very clear, "The Lord has done to you as he spoke by me, for the Lord has torn the kingdom out of your hand and given it to your neighbor, David. Because you did not obey the voice of the Lord and did not carry out his fierce wrath against Amalek, therefore the Lord has done this thing to you this day (1 Sam. 28:17-18).” Saul did not trust the Lord and did not obey the Lord. Thus, the Lord had quit answering him when Saul called. It’s a rather simple concept to understand. Blatant disobedience leads to silence.


The second reason God was not speaking to Saul is just as easy to understand: God had nothing new to say. Notice that when Samuel is summoned from the dead to speak to Saul, he tells Saul the same thing that God has already said, "The Lord has done to you as he spoke by me, for the Lord has torn the kingdom out of your hand and given it to your neighbor, David (1 Sam. 28:17).” Notice that Samuel is speaking in the past tense. Saul had known this truth for quite some time, but he did not want to accept it. Instead, he comes now wanting a new revelation from God, and God will have no part of it. Saul wants to hear an alternative option from God, but God is silent. Sometimes silence is not actually silence.