KellyRBaker | When You Want to Hear from God but...Crickets | What do you do when you have done everything you know to do, but you are still getting silence from God? Here are 3 actions to take while waiting.

When You Want to Hear from God, but…Crickets

Don’t we love it when God gives clear direction straight into our spirit? Generally speaking, He doesn’t always do that! One day I longed to hear from God.

I worshipped.

Silence.

I prayed. I asked. I went to battle with the Word.

More silence.

I waited.

Again, exasperating silence.

A Psalm of David. I pray to you, O LORD, my rock. Do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you are silent, I might as well give up and die. Psalm 28:1 NLT

This particular translation of this verse makes me chuckle. I’m sure there is a more productive solution than self-pity. 😉 But, what do we do when He says nothing? Why does He say, “Wait”?

We all desire to hear His voice clearly, and when we haven’t we wonder what are the possible reasons. It’s not easy to be at peace with His temporary silence, but we can be sure He has a purpose in it.

3 Actions While Waiting on God’s Answer 

1. Spend time with God daily. Could it be that He wants to fill our hunger and thirst? He desires that we know Him more and more through His Word. When we study the Bible, we begin to know God’s character. I’ve thought of someone in the midst of a situation and said, “I already know what that person would say!” When we know someone well, we can easily hear that person’s voice playing in our head. When we regularly spend time with God, it becomes easier to “know” what He would say in those times when we feel He is silent. We can then more readily relate His Word to our circumstances.

2. Consent to character development. There may be times when we open our Bible while seeking Him for specific direction, and the Holy Spirit will illuminate the words we’re reading. Suddenly, there is an answer staring us in the face, maybe even from an entirely different angle. He might be telling us we need to make an adjustment. It might not have been the answer we thought we needed, but the one He knows we need. He often gives us what we don’t expect, but it’s still an answer. To the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet (Proverbs 27:7b KJV).

KellyRBaker | When You Want to Hear from God but...Crickets | What do you do when you have done everything you know to do, but you are still getting silence from God? Here are 3 actions to take while waiting.3. Trust Him. God is getting every detail in place. Have you ever looked at the perfect way gears lock together and turn when they fit properly? When we wait for His timing we see Him properly align every specific, necessary facet. Sometimes we think we are stuck, but if we could take a step back and see His viewpoint we would see the big picture. We aren’t all clock makers. He is working on our big picture. He’s got it covered.

Through His seeming silence, God might be saying, “Come and know Me more,” or “An adjustment needs to be made.” At other times, He may be wanting us to let go of the stress and trust Him. He will fulfill His promises. Let’s not allow doubt to be a hindrance. A prayer of doubt will nullify a prayer of faith.

What are other reasons God may be silent, or say, “Wait”?

*This post has been linked up with Purposeful Faith’s #RaRaLinkup


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8 thoughts on “When You Want to Hear from God, but…Crickets

  1. Hi Kelly,
    I can completely relate to what you’ve written! Right now I feel like He’s leading me in some areas of my life, and in other areas where I’m begging for guidance…crickets. I practice the 3 actions you mentioned, and I remind myself of the times in the past when I didn’t see a way and He showed up in His perfect time. When it’s time, I’ll hear…for now, I just have to keep trusting Him. (Visiting today from #RaRaLinkup.
    Blessings,
    Laura

  2. Thank you Kelly – how often we can come to the Lord and forget who we come to! He is Almighty God and is shaping us into Christ-likeness and as you say, He sees the bigger picture! Your words ring true and are a timely reminder in my own life. Keep on writing!

    Blessings,

    Ruth 🙂

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