When God Seems Silent
Okay God, I know you have a plan for me. Show me what I’m supposed to be doing.
Can you give me a sign or something? I need to know you’re here with me.
Uh, God? Where are you?
I’m hurt physically, emotionally. How am I supposed to deal with this?
We’ve all had seasons of our lives where we questioned God’s presence. We cry out to God in our confused anguish and he just seems… silent… distant… absent…
You keep praying and praying, hoping to hear God’s voice. You go to church hoping to get a praise breakthrough, only to have your spirit weakened as soon as you leave. You ask for advice from others about how they hear God’s voice and speak with him, but their tactics don’t seem to work.
Prayers seem to go unnoticed, and you feel a sudden disconnect. You feel like there’s no point continuously asking God for something and he’s not giving it to you, so why bother, right?
When you cannot hear God, you will find that he trusted you in the most intimate way possible – absolute silence. Yes, silence can be a good thing. He’s teaching you to be still and trust in him.
During a season of silence, it can seem like God doesn’t care or hasn’t heard you. But in reality, he has heard you. What you’re not realizing is that while he hasn’t answered one specific prayer, he is still working on you.
He saw you traveling through the devil’s playground, but intervened on your behalf because he loves and cares about you.
When prayers go unanswered, God still blesses you, but you don’t realize all that he’s been doing outside of what you’re actually praying for. It may not be the right moment for you, or not be the blessing he wants to bestow upon your life. His silence shows that he sees that you can withstand a bigger revelation that will all be a part of his glory.
In John 13:7, Jesus says, “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.”
You’re not meant to understand what God is doing in your life, but by simply knowing he’s able to do exceedingly and abundantly, you can release all your worries into his hands. Through time spent in prayer, you’ll soon understand what God was doing was for your good, under his terms and timing.
When you become comfortable in this time of silence, you will find confidence that God heard your prayers, and he is bringing you into the understanding that prayer is for the glorifying of God.
What’s going on when God’s silence seems palpable? If God has given you a season of silence, then praise him, because he is bringing you into the mainstream of his purposes.
Ask yourself, are you willing to trust God’s timing?