By Lisa Nordell-Detres
Less than fifty years after the Jews returned from the 70 year Babylonian exile to their homeland, the people were at it again. The last prophet of God recorded in the Old Testament, Malachi, brought a message of hope of the coming Savior, condemnation for the heartless, rote religion that was being practiced in Jerusalem and blessings for those who served God with all their hearts.
And then there was silence. Although God did not speak to humanity through prophets for about 400 years, He still was actively involved in shaping the course of history in preparation for the incarnate arrival of Jesus. To name just two things, the conquest of Alexander the Great brought oppression to the known world, but it also brought a common language that accommodated spreading the Gospel to the Mediterranean world after Jesus’ resurrection. God also preserved the hope of His people through the revolt of the Maccabees and the miracle of the candles which is still celebrated during Hanukkah.
There are times in our lives in which it seems that God is not speaking to us, but we can be assured that if we are faithful to Him, He is working behind the scenes to prepare our path for even greater events to come. With this in mind, go light a candle, read the book of Malachi (it’s only four chapters) and then rest in the knowledge that God is always with us and is working in our lives, even if we can’t hear His voice.
Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to three boys, a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside. Lisa is a member of the Central Oregon Writers Guild.
Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, studied Christian Apologetics at Simon Greenleaf University, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.