WHEN YOU FEEL GOD IS SILENT …

Even for a matured Christian, life usually is not a bed of roses. No matter your level of faith or the depth of your relationship with God, there are times when it appears God is silent – to your prayers, to your feelings, about your situation; times when you perhaps feel abandoned by God. It happens to everybody, trust me – been there, done that.

Listen, He never leaves nor forsakes any child of His. However, in His infinite wisdom, there are times when He keeps silent (believe it or not) for our own good – to develop our spiritual muscles, to mature us for better things to come. As close as the Lord Jesus Christ was to the Father, there came a moment (a critical one at that) that Jehovah kept His own counsel – Mark 15: 33-34. Job too experienced the same thing. In one day, he lost everything – family, fortune, health etc. Yet for the next 37 chapters of the book of Job, God (who started the ball rolling by boasted about Job’s uprightness, remember) kept silent!

So, my dear friend if you are going through this ‘desert’ patch in your prayer life, in your fellowship with God, or you know anyone who is; what is to be done? I counsel a simple solution – HANG ON TO GOD’S UNCHANGING CHARACTER AND HIS UNCHANGING WORD. He is good, He loves you, He is with you, He knows what you are going through, He cares, and most importantly, He has a good plan for your life. So, REMIND YOURSELF of all these things – over and over again. That was Job’s exact strategy (Job 1: 20-21; 19: 25); and it worked beautifully. Why is that?

Because at times like this when you feel the world is stacked against you, it is dangerous to rely on your emotions. Emotions will only make us focus on the pain of the moment, a physical analysis and understanding of the situation; hence the tendency to react in a blasphemous manner – cue Job’s wife in Job 2: 9, whose counsel was for her husband to curse God and die.

In conclusion, my dear friends please be of good cheer. I often tell the brethren this shocking fact – no matter what any man may be going through, no matter the number of unanswered prayers, no matter the depth of a man’s sighs and groans, when all is said and done GOD WILL ALWAYS STILL BE GOD. So, as many who choose to mature in Christ, maybe we should get a paradigm shift that hard times, desert periods deepen our anchor in God; and such periods is not the time to jump ship?

Finally, as one wise man of God has taught, it is a form of deep worship and faith when a man feels (please note ‘feel’ not actually) abandoned by God, yet continues to trust Him as Job did (Job 13: 15). I encourage anyone out there who feels God has been silent, to put this in perspective. Think back to the times when He had come through for you, and rejoice because He is still on the throne. He is a man for all seasons, not a seasonal man! He is still there with you, even when your senses cannot read Him on your radar. He is working out something good for you. Hang in there, dear friend. Shalom.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. amngilbert
    Oct 04, 2012 @ 15:45:23

    Reblogged this on I'm Listening to GOD and commented:
    I appreciate the word. We must constantly encourage one another in The Lord. He is our hope and salvation and we must not grow weary of “gathering together” and preaching the Gospel to one another.

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