Imagine going out into a big field alone, wanting to hear from God, but all you hear are crickets. Here are three actions to take when God is silent.
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 prayed. I asked. I went to battle with the Word.
Again, exasperating silence.
Have you ever been there?
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.
Wha—?? God, You’re ignoring me? [Sob] I may as well DIE!
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 to Take When God Seems Silent
Imagine going out into a big field alone, wanting to hear from God, but all you hear are crickets. First, I need to say that crickets are annoying. The repetitive chirp just gets to me.
This is how I feel when I’m *really* wanting to hear from God but He seems silent.
I had to get past that feeling of frustration and change my focus. So here are a few actions I take when God is silent.
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.
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), right?
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 clockmakers. He is working on our big picture. He’s got it covered.
Through God’s Silence
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.
Have you ever heard of the example of a person standing on a chair and falling backwards into someone’s arms? It takes a great deal of trust in that one standing behind you, that he’s going to catch you instead of letting you land on your rear end!
The thing is, God has our back. We can fully trust Him. He silence isn’t His absence.
He will fulfill His promises. Let’s not allow doubt to be a hindrance. A prayer of doubt will nullify a prayer of faith. Whatever the reason, He is causing us to grow spiritually and sooner or later we will hear from God.
What are other reasons God may be silent, or say, “Wait”? Don’t give up when you want to hear from God, but all you hear are crickets!