Isaiah 57:11 – Whom have you so dreaded and feared that you have been false to me, and have neither remembered me, nor pondered this in your hearts? Is it not because I have long been silent that you do not fear me? (NIV)
There have been times in my life when God has "long been silent", not because He had nothing to say to me, but because I was not in the mood to listen. My Bible, while sitting on the bookshelf, had little ability to either inspire or restore.
Likewise, when we fear what unbelievers many think or say and thus remove God entirely from our conversations at work or school, or with our neighbours and family, we act falsely to God, and deny others the opportunity to be inspired through us. By bearing witness to the blessings of God we have experienced in our own lives, we influence others to "remember" Him and to ponder the blessedness of having God in their own hearts.
Acts 4:20 – For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard. (NIV)
Prayer: Father God, may we prove true to You before mankind, bearing witness both to Your presence in our lives and to the righteousness of Your nature. Let the nations see that we both fear You and love You. Give us courage where we are weak, in Jesus' name. Amen.