Have you ever felt like God was silent and didn’t hear anything you were praying about? Your prayers seem like an eternity for him to answer and things just aren’t working out? What about those times that you really needed him and felt he wasn’t near?
I’ve experienced countless times like these and it can be frustrating, lonely, and even a little bit hopeless.
For one moment, I want you to turn off your phone. No phone calls, no text messages, no emails, no FaceTime, no games, and no social media. Your phone is still and nothing is coming through. For a moment you may think something was wrong had I not told you to turn off your phone. How does this make you feel? A little apprehensive like you may be missing something? Sure, I understand, but why is this?
Now, once you turn your phone back on your phone starts to chime again, emails are coming through, you may even get a text message. Everything seems back to normal and you now feel safe again like everything is back to working order.
Well, let me ask you a question. When God is silent do we often feel like God is not working? He is broken, somehow the communication lines are down and he is not listening. We scream louder, feel as if he has tuned us out, and worse, blame him for everything thats broken. Would you ever go to the cell phone store after you’ve turned off your phone and say something is wrong, it doesn’t work? No, because you know whats happening. But, how about those times we can’t see how God is working, whats going on behind the scenes, plans he’s working out for our good, situations he’s unfolding, jobs he’s creating, illnesses he’s healing, fights he’s resolving, marriages he’s transforming, financial troubles he’s canceling.
God may be silent for a reason. Its not that he’s turned himself off but maybe because he’s trying to help you tune in to Him. Really listen and understand what it is you are going through and why? We may not always know or understand the why, but we can be rest assured that he is still active and alive. Jesus cares.
I lost track of how many situations God has had me safe in his arms even when I felt alone, depressed, and hopeless. Too many to count.
I don’t believe that God sits back and creates bad situations for us to go through, however I do believe that there are struggles he allows to exist so we will draw closer to him. To know him. To trust him. So we will know that nothing is possible without Gods help, his guidance, and his knowing.
There was one time I can remember when I was going through my divorce that I felt God was there but not really active. Just kind of like, “yeah I see you, your alright, Ill jump in when I see you’re about to break.” I felt life wasn’t fair. I didn’t ask for another woman to come in and interrupt what I thought was good. I didn’t ask to get stuck with a huge mound of debt. I didn’t ask to get stuck with a house I couldn’t pay. I didn’t ask to have my children uprooted from what they knew and have our lives rearranged. I was angry, frustrated, lost, bitter, and disappointed. It was in this time that God was preparing me. There were things that I had to grow through and become a stronger person. For myself, my kids, and now my current husband.
Looking back, I thought I was being punished, but I’m so thankful for those rough patches. Rest assured, God’s love is not based on our actions. His love doesn’t appear less or more according to how we chose to behave. His love remains the same. God is love. I used to search for love but in all the wrong places. (Now I see the significance of this song). We can describe love and especially Gods love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every situation.- 1 Cor. 13:4-7
You can go through these verses and replace the word love with God. It has an even deeper meaning.
As I was reading through this and added God’s name in there, It made me stop and think about my actions. How I can be more like Jesus. How I’ve fallen short many times but it was his grace that saved me. I need daily reminding how good God is. He is always present even though I may think he is silent. He loves each and every one of us. We are his children. I now know that silence can be a good thing and don’t rush it away.
God has many plans for our lives. We may not like everything situation he takes us through, but in the end it is for his glory so that we can serve him according to his word. If you are facing a season of silent, I can relate. He may be telling you no or to wait on a situation. Just because the answer is not always yes, doesn’t mean he is silent.
Learn to embrace the silence!
Take some time to actively disconnect and listen to God’s voice (or silence) DAILY.
You are loved,