What are the things to remember when God seems silent?
- God Is Purposeful
- God Is Sometimes Silent When You Live In Disobedience
- God Speaks Through The Bible
- God Never Forsakes
What are the things to remember when God seems silent? As Christians, we’ve all been there or maybe, you are there right now. Those times when you are caught between the struggles and God seems to be silent. You may earnestly seek God or wait patiently but in return, end up with no response from Him.
The silence without the sense of God’s presence can be difficult and even painful. Your problems may seem too heavy to handle and it seems you don’t have anyone to run to. These are truly the moments of great difficulty. But just as Job cried for help and was met only by deafening silence, Christians may also experience times when God seems silent. So, what do you do or what do you need to remember as you are waiting for God to answer?
God Is Purposeful
The first thing you need to remember when God is silent is that He is still working. You may not hear or feel His presence right now, but the popular Christian song “Waymaker” by Leeland reminds you of this fact with lyrics like “Even when I don’t see it, You’re working. Even when I don’t feel it, You’re working. You never stop, You never stop working”. The Bible verse Psalm 121:3-4 reminds us even further that “He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.”
Consider the fact that God was silent after talking to Malachi, the last of the Old Testament prophets. To be exact, there were 400 years of God being silent. No words were coming from God. But when God did speak again, it was revealed He was working to reveal the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ.
You may be experiencing that period in life when God is seemingly silent. However, you must remember that He is always purposeful. God may just be working behind the scenes and in time, He will position you to fulfill His purpose
God Is Sometimes Silent When You Live In Disobedience
It can be painful to wonder why God seems silent. Remember that sometimes, He is silent because you did something to cause a rift between your relationship with Him, such as disobedience or failing to confess your sins.
In Proverbs 28:9 God said, “If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable”. In Isaiah 1:15, He said, “When you spread out your hands in prayer, I hide my eyes from you; even when you offer many prayers, I am not listening. Your hands are full of blood!”.
These verses remind us to look deeply at our lives and wonder if there are times when we didn’t follow God’s commandments and committed sins that can block our communication with Him. Repent in order to restore your relationship with him.
God Speaks Through The Bible
When God is quiet, remember that it may be the best time to read the Bible. Many people today set aside the relevance of reading the Bible. But when you long to hear from God, it is possible that He already communicated with you through the Word.
The Bible contains every message that God wanted to tell His people and even His intention for His followers. Read the Scripture every day. You just might be able to find solutions to the problems you are facing right now.
God Never Forsakes
Just because God seems silent, it doesn’t mean you should doubt His ability to fulfill His promises. Never stop being faithful because He is always in control. In fact, this is the best opportunity to ignite your faith and seek Him even more. God will never forsake you.
The story of Job is the perfect portrayal that God fulfills even when He is silent. Job was wealthy and a man of integrity, but God allowed Satan to test him. As a result, all of Job’s wealth vanished, his farm animals were stolen, his employees were murdered, his children died, and he had boils all over his body. Job continued to trust God even though He was silent.
According to Job 1:21, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” Despite the challenges, Job did not sin against God. As a result, God restored his prosperity and even doubled his possessions.
Most people in Job’s circumstances would break down and perhaps even lose faith in God. As Christians, we should remember that even in silence, God will not forsake us. Have you ever considered that times of silence may be God’s way of letting you rely on Him more?
In this article are some of the most important things to remember when God seems silent. Trust in Him because He is always righteous.
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