There are times in our life when we just feel like God is silent. And sometimes we get so frustrated thinking that God is not hearing us; but that’s not true because the Bible tells us in 1st John 5:14
_”And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will He hears us”._
At times when He is silent, because we have a relationship with him, we will know that He means to tell us to wait or to trust that He has something better.
There are instances where God speaks but we’re just not listening. He longs to speak to us softly so that we will be given the chance to quiet our souls and be still before his presence. In ‘the busyness’ that we face day to day we can miss out on God’s instruction and promise. We need to be still and listen.
During the times in our life when it seems as if God does not speak to us…
-It is hard to pray
-It is hard to give godly council to others
-It is hard to persevere in the right things
-Sometimes it is even hard to live!!!!
When Joseph was first sold to slavery, am sure He was so confused, asking himself questions like “was the dream really from God? Am I really going to lead my People? It didn’t feel like He was still going to achieve his dreams. Surely, God will take you to the place He has promised you, even if People don’t think you deserve it, and though your environment don’t look like it now. God was still with Joseph: He never left, yes He allowed every bad thing to happen to him but He had greater plans for Joseph.
God has great plans for you also: He may seem silent now but if you keep yourself tuned in to him you won’t loose your direction. Maybe you have been praying for something and nothing is happening, believe in your heart that God is hearing and at the right time He is going to answer you.
The Bible tell us of a Man named Job, who was well acquainted with God’s silence. In his pain and suffering, His cry to God for help and relief were met only with God’s silence. These are practical things to do when God seems silent:
1) Accept God’s Sovereignty
Recognise that God can be silent. There is no obligation for God to answer you, inform you or let you know anything.
“God is said to be absolutely free,” says A.W. Tozer in The Knowledge of the Holy, “because no one and no thing can hinder Him or compel Him or stop Him. He is able to do as He pleases always, everywhere, forever.”
Like each one of us, Job faced the choice of acknowledging — or rejecting — the sovereignty of God. In response to his suffering and loss, Job’s wife suggested he curse God and die. Instead of following her advice, Job chose to let God be God.
_”Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” he asked (Job 2:10)._
Accepting God’s sovereignty also means actively trusting God, realising He is in control and can be trusted.
_”Though He slay me,” says Job, “I will hope in Him” (13:15)._
Nothing in Job’s life, or ours, happens apart from God’s knowledge and plan. As we learn at the beginning of the Book of Job, God was fully aware of all the things that were about to happen to Job. In fact, He gave Satan permission to do these things in Job’s life. At no point does God release His control.
2) Recognise That Silence Can Be Intimate
Silence can also be a sign of God’s trust.
The Gospel of John tells a story about Jesus’ friends Lazarus, Mary and Martha. When Jesus found out that Lazarus was ill, he didn’t rush to Lazarus’ house to heal him. Instead, Jesus stayed where he was for two more days (John 11:6). And before Jesus arrived in Bethany, Lazarus died.
To Lazarus’ sisters, Mary and Martha, Jesus’ silence could have been interpreted as neglect — that Jesus didn’t care or didn’t want to help them.
This mirrors many of the emotions we feel when God doesn’t immediately answer our cries for help.
But in Jesus’ silence we, as with Mary and Martha, are drawn into a new closeness to God and understanding of His power. Four days after he died, Lazarus was raised from the dead by Jesus, showing His power.
“When you cannot hear God,” says Oswald Chambers in My Utmost For His Highest, “you will find that He has trusted you in the most intimate way possible — with absolute silence, not a silence of despair, but one of pleasure, because He saw that you could withstand an even bigger revelation.”
When you are completely comfortable with a person, it is possible to sit in a room together and not utter a word.
In love, silence can be a sign of intimacy.
For Job, God’s silence was also a result of the depth of their relationship. When Satan approached God, He said, “Have you considered My servant Job?” (Job 1:8). In trust, God chose Job.
3) Keep Talking To God
Just because God seems silent doesn’t mean you should doubt Him or stop praying.
God’s silence isn’t a license for us to turn our backs on Him. Instead, it’s an invitation to press forward and seek Him even more diligently.
The psalmists modeled crying out to God. David said, “Oh my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest” (Psalm 22:2). Job also continually cries out to God, asking Him to answer.
For pages of the Book of Job, God is silent. But in chapter 38, God answers — and questions Job. “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?” asks God. “Tell Me, if you have understanding” (38:4).
God is in control and has been all along. He heard Job’s cries for help. In trust, He waited for the perfect time to speak. Job was reminded.
God answers prayer.