The Silence of God
Each day is overwhelmingly busy for me as I am sure it is for you.
Still, as I drive to my office or around the city, I can hear birds signing, or the song of the rain, sometimes I see a rainbow or listen to a joyful music in my car. I surely feel in each of those I see and hear God speaking to me. Do you?
But as I got into my office today, I opened my email from a friend to read:
“God is silent in my life.” But she continued ” I know God is never silent. So, what seems to be the problem?”
Another email asked: ”The silence of God is overwhelming! Why so much suffering after months of showing nothing but faith to God?”
I know my friends had been faithfully serving God. Nevertheless, God is quiet in their lives. They have to wait.
Are you too in one of those periods of silence today?
I know God’s silence can be difficult; at time even frustrating or excruciating to us.
But I also learned that God’s silence can be a sign of trust extended to us.
I can hear you answer. Let me explain. To really know who we are and who God is, we must sometimes experience the silence of God.
God’s silence proved to be good for us to learn not only ABOUT him but also to know HIM in us and to build our faith; as he ”forms Christ in us.” Gal. 4:19.
Job experienced that : “I cry to you for help and you do not answer me; I stand, and you only look at me.” Job 30:20
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. And, at the end of his silence experience with God, Job proclaimed: “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.” Job 42:5
Can God trust and choose you or me?
Those times of silence are normally filled with fear and unrest. Nevertheless, those times require more faith and a deeper level of trust.
We know Job, in his pain and suffering, cried out to God. He asked for answers. And he kept asking. Job cried for God’s help and relief were met only by God’s deafening silence.
Still, Job accepted God’s sovereignty, love and trusted him: ”Though He slay me,” says Job, “I will hope in Him” (13:15).
Like Job, we must respect God’s sovereignty, and let God be God. “Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” he asked Job 2:10.
In my life, God used his silence as his way of allowing me realize that I had been too busy to listen to “the still small voice” and to see the provisions that He has made for me by faith.
King David also experienced it : “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest.” Psalm 22:1–2
Are you praying like David?
Remember that we can’t adequately serve God and the world. Joshua 24:15.
I know God hasn’t moved, but if I’ve shifted in my obedience, I need to get back securely on the right side.
We know God is involved in every area of our lives. Mark 10:30; Luke 12:7; Isaiah 55:8-11. We should too proclaim and express in our daily actions that God is in control and has been all along even when he seems silent. The world needs that confidence from us as Christians.
Are you praying and silently listening for God’s voice?
God always speaks to us personally, through His Word, our circumstances, or another person.
Are you ready to receive his answer?
I want to encourage you to know that the biggest blessings or miracles that God has made in my life have come after a time when it seemed like God was silent or God was doing nothing in my life.
My Memoir “Saving My Assassin”-
– https://www.amazon.com/Saving-My-Assassin-Virginia-Prodan/dp/1496411838?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0 – Tyndale House Publishers –
– is full of examples of those silence times from God and also his amazing miracles:
In all of them I learned to stay very close to God, trust him, and watch for Him to eventually display His power. And God preformed miracles in the fullness of time. Psalm 46:10
Elijah had been used of God. He strongly hold on his faith as God said nothing to His great servant Elijah during this time. 1 Kings 18:1
But God in his wisdom and love honored Elijah’s faith and sent a miracle through Elijah. A miracle that even Elijah couldn’t imagine. 1 Kings 18:1
This is our God.
We too after experiencing our own God’s silence, as Job, we shall proclaim:
“My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.” Job 42:5
God always uses what seems to us the time of silence as time to grow our faith, trust in him and to prepare us for great miracles.
Are we ready for God to strengtheneth our faith and honor us with miracles?
What shall we do during the times of silence, before the miracles of God come through for us?
How do you handle these periods of time?