“God’s silence doesn’t indicate His absence, but an invitation to rest in His presence”
I am currently walking through a phase of my life where God is being completely silent. I have been praying, and going to church. Even in doing that, I still feel so distant from Him. A couple of days ago, I was talking to Olivia and telling her everything that has been going on. It felt so good to be able to open up, and get it all off my chest. I am so glad we can talk about stuff like this. I can always count on her to remind me that my boat is still afloat. I will be laughing at that joke for years to come. Right now, my little boat is treading water, and God seems pretty far off.
The Bible is God’s chart for you to steer by, to keep you from the bottom of the sea, and to show you where the harbor is, and how to reach it without running on rocks or bars. ~ Henry Ward Beecher
There are 5 things I try to remember when God is silent
- Keep Praying:
Just because God is silent to you, does not mean you are silent to Him. There is a reason why God is being silent right now, and if you stop praying completely, then it is going to be really hard to hear His voice again.
Lately, I have wanted to give up on prayer, because it feels like God has abadoned me. When I was talking to Olivia, she told me to try praying out loud instead of praying in my head; to avoid distractions. I ended up writing my prayer on a piece of paper (because my roommate was in the other room, and I didn’t want her to think I was crazy). Writing it down really helped me to focus, and tell God how I feel right now.
2. Trust Him more
When God goes silent, don’t stop trusting Him. This is the time where you need trust Him more not less. I know right know I am scared because I cannot hear God’s voice, or feel him in my life. Natuarally, my response is fear. The bible talks a lot about fear. The phrase “do not be afraid” is written in the bible 365 times. That is our daily reminder from God to live each day being fearless.
My favorite bible verse about fear is: Isaiah 41:10,13
“So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”
For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you”
3. Believe that God WANTS to speak to you:
You defintely will not hear God’s voice, if you tell yourself that God does not want to speak to you. I sit hear guilty as I type this. I have been crying for nights because I keep telling myself that the reason I can’t hear God’s voice is because He just does not want to speak to me right now. I have tried to switch my thought process and make myself expect God to be unsilent. It defintely is not easy, but I am doing anything I can to get my relationship back with Him.
4. God still cares about you:
Ever since God went silent on me, I kept telling myself that God did not love me anymore, and that is why He is silent right now. But after thinking about thaat logically, and going to small group and thinking about it more there, I realized that it was the devil that was filling my head with that craziness. God still loves me even though He is silent. We are His children, and He will always have love for us no matter what. God proved His love to us on the cross.
5. Patch up the boat and keep on going:
I haven’t included anything about my sinking boat anagoly, I waited till the end for a reason. Even though the whole boat thing is just a joke that was made up by friend lovely friend, Olivia at 1am it still puts things into perspective. Figuratively speaking, our boats sink, when we don’t have God. When we have God He works at the duct tape. His love keeps us afloat, and patches up our sins, sorrows, and struggles. Right now, I am living distant from God, because for some reason He is putting me to the ultimate test. I am continuing to pray for God to show Himself to me, so my little figuartive boat can be revived.
“I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer. You yourself are the answer”
Have a great week friends,