There are periods of Jesus’ life that we know little about, but we do know that during these silent years He was growing and mighty things were happening within Him. God had a plan and purpose for Jesus and He was being prepared for the destiny that was set before Him. Luke 2:40 declares that as a child, Jesus “grew strong in the Spirit, was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him.” Luke also said that when Jesus was twelve years old until about the age of thirty, “He increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52). Although these seasons of Jesus’ life were unseen, they were very productive. Jesus knew who He was during these years and knew that He must be about His Father’s business. Yet, He humbly submitted Himself to those in authority over Him, waited on the timing of God, and allowed the Holy Spirit to prepare Him for the ministry that was set before Him.
When God lives within us, we have purpose, and yet, there may seasons or even years that we see nothing happening in our lives. We may even experience discouragement because our futures look bleak. We know that things are happening within us even though no one else seems to notice our spiritual growth. These silent years of our lives are like the foundation of a home. There is not very much celebration when the foundation is poured and there is no beauty to behold, for it is just gray cement. There is even a long waiting period to allow the cement to dry and set sufficiently. Even later, when the house is finished, the foundation is rarely honored or recognized. Instead, everyone comments on the architecture of the home and the beauty of its furnishings and decor. Even the landscape receives more attention than the foundation. Yet, the home would not be able to stand without being established on a firm and solid base.
Waiting on God through our seasons of silence should be a journey of faith, and not of fear and frustration. We must so trust God with our lives, that we are able to submit to Him and allow Him to take the time that He needs to establish a strong foundation within our lives. This foundation may not look so beautiful at the time or seem like anything to celebrate. In fact, our life and ministry may just look like gray cement. Yet, the season of the unseen and silent years are the secret to becoming a great vessel in the hands of God. Later, we will discover that this was the time when the most solid part of our being was formed. When we thought nothing was really happening, God, by His Spirit, was filling us with His wisdom and imparting His grace and favor upon us. Without us even knowing it, He was making us strong in the spirit and preparing us for the future. The silent years are the greatest times of increase so we must not allow impatience to control and manipulate our lives. Instead we must devote ourselves entirely to God and be subject to His will so that He can build within us the ability and strength to become what He wants us to be.
Mary Padgett Ministries, Inc.