Imagine a world in which God is silent:
Why are we here? Is there any design or meaning in this world?
Was I born into chaos, or do I have a purpose in life?
Is there more to life than eating, drinking, achievements, stuff?
How do I make sense of a world that is filled with so much beauty yet so much horror?
How can I cope with seeing ruthless people succeed through treachery and manipulation?
How can I begin to deal with the guilt and shame of my failures, my shortcomings, my broken relationships?
When I feel powerless to unseen spiritual forces in this world, how do I appease the spirits so that life can go well for me?
When something good happens to me, whom do I thank? Or is it all random?
When I really need a change of fortune or deliverance from my troubles, to whom do I pray, and how do I address that powerful one?
What will happen when I die? Is there any hope for me after my life is but a distant memory?
But praise God – he has not been silent, and he has not left us alone. He revealed himself throughout history to his people and has graciously made himself known to us – his character, his perfect plans for this world. He has given us his gospel, the good news of his reconciling work in Christ. We have hope.
“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4; Deuteronomy 8:3).
“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance and encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4).
He is not silent.