St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church

Is God Silent?

Did you know that today is often called “silent Wednesday”? It’s called this because Scripture doesn’t record anything about Jesus’ actions or teachings on Wednesday of Holy Week. Most figure after being in Jerusalem on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, preaching, teaching, cleansing the temple and dealing with his enemies, Jesus took one quiet day before his suffering and death. One last quite day in Bethany alone with his disciples and closest followers.

While Scripture is silent about today (Wednesday of Holy Week), remember that God is never silent. He is always calling out to you. His Word is always ready to speak to you. He’s also always ready to hear your every request. With this knowledge, let the same confidence and peace rest on your hearts as it did King David so long ago when he wrote the words of Psalm 28. Remember to turn to your LORD, not only so that you will hear his Word, but so that he may also hear your prayers, knowing he hears them and answers them in the time and way that is best for you.

Psalm 28:1-2, 6-7—To you I call, O LORD my Rock; do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I will be like those who have gone down to the pit. Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place. … Praise be to the LORD, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.