5 Things to do when God stays silent. We have all been there: Those times we search desperately for God, and he appears nowhere near. David was there; he wrote, “God, God my God! Why did you dump me miles from nowhere? Doubled up with pain, I call to God all day long. No answer. Nothing.
I keep at it all night, tossing and turning.”
So, what do we do when like David, we seek God in prayer, and He appears to be nowhere nearby? What do we do when life’s situation hurts, and we take things to God without signs of God?
Today, I share 5 things we can do when God is not speaking.
1- Be Still and Listen.
Be still and know that I am God! Psalm 46:10.
Sometimes, you may have wondered why a flamboyant God wants you to be still to know that he is God. After all,
The Most High made his voice heard with hailstones and lightning.
He lifts his voice, the earth melts.
His voice is like the sound of many waters.
His voice breaks the cedars.
His voice is powerful,
His voice is majestic.
His voice is mighty.
The truth is, often, our lives are filled with noise and distractions that drown out the gentle whispers of God’s voice.
Yes, you can hardly associate God’s voice to a silent whisper, but sometimes, your anxiety, faithlessness, ‘made-up mind’ ways, your busy life, and even your storms can drown heaven’s loudest whisper.
When God stays silent, create intentional space for quietness, whether through prayer, scripture meditation, or simply sitting in quiet contemplation. Allow yourself to be fully present in the moment and open your heart to hear God’s guidance in unexpected ways.
2- Embrace Trust and Surrender.
When you can’t see the father’s hands, you must learn to trust the father’s heart. When God is silent, we must trust that He is working on our behalf and His silence is no way indicative of His absence or inaction.
When you can’t see the father’s hands, you must learn to trust the father’s heart.
When we can trust the father’s love at each moment, we will know how to live freely. To trust the father’s love is to let go and live daily knowing that he holds our lives in his hands. Even in those times when it seems like God is unavailable, we must trust His timing.
3- Lean on the scriptures.
When you encounter God’s silence in your life, you can draw strength and inspiration from the scriptures. The scriptures are written words of God to provide encouragement and inspiration for us in and out of season. When God is not speaking, launch yourself deep into the scriptures that speak to you.
They will lighten your path… As it is written: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
The scriptures lighten our path and reassures of God’s promises like:
Psalm 34:17-18: “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
4- Focus on you, not God.
When God is silent, it is time to focus on you and not God. Because God is working on your behalf, in those waiting periods He expects you be grounded in love and rooted in Him. Deepen Your Relationship with God and tarry still in the place prayer.
Through the silence, Men of faith are forged like steel.
God was silent for 3 days while Lazarus was being prepared for resurrection.
Concerning Isaac, God was silent for years until Abraham had learned the lesson of faith. And the process, He became the father faith.
During His first 30 years on earth, in God’s silence, Christ increased daily in wisdom and in stature. And after 30 years of silence, God spoke: “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.”
Beyond righteousness, God taught Job a lesson in humility, and God’s greatness and majesty through His silence in Jobs suffering.
In the silence, God conforms us to his life.
5- Reflect on Past Experiences.
Recall moments when prayers were answered, doors were opened, or blessings were bestowed. Remember who God says you are. Remember what God has done before.
Psalm 77:11. I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
Colossians 1: 3. For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son,
Psalm 78:2-4. I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: 3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.4 We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.
God is always at work on our behalf, weather we see His hands or not. But we must trust His heart at all times and cultivate patience in the place of waiting.
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