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Session 9

Silence Doesn’t Have to Mean Absence

Read: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

With all the bad news we hear every day, it doesn’t take long to question God’s presence in the world. We have all wondered at one time or another why it seems that God chooses to be absent in certain situations.

In 2 Corinthians 5:20 Paul writes, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.”  An ambassador is a representative for someone, filling in during that person’s absence.  With the idea in mind of God using us, His people, as representatives of Jesus, we can shed some clarity on the question of why it can be so hard to see God sometimes.The real question should be, “How are we supposed to see God?”

The answer is through people.  While God does reveal Himself to specific individuals in unique ways according to His will, He has given everyone access to viewing Him by interacting with the people in the world.  The core of the issue, then, is not that it can be difficult to see God, but it can be difficult to see people representing Him.

Rather than question God’s presence in situations, we should begin asking ourselves, “Am I making it any easier for others to see God?”  We cannot expect others to provide a vision of God for us if we are not trying to do that for others.  God wants His creations to work together in seeing and coming to be with Him.  Once we begin taking on the responsibility of being ambassadors for Christ, God’s presence becomes clearer and clearer.


  • What is one thing you are currently doing to act as an ambassador of Jesus Christ? If you can’t think of anything, what is one thing you can begin to do today to show Jesus to others?
  • Do you spend more time thinking about why others fail in representing God or how you can be a better representative for God? What is one way you can be a better representative for God?

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