When God Feels Silent
I want make sure something is clear before I jump into what I’ve been learning this week. As a youth ministry leader, I always try to be cognizant of the fact that some don’t understand the ‘christianese’ phrases that so many believers use on a daily basis. Phrases like ‘quiet time’ or ‘hedge of protection’ can bring confusion to young believers so I want to be sensitive to that.
I’m going to be discussing seasons when you don’t hear from God or you feel that God is silent.
Just the wording of this can be confusing especially if you are just starting out in your faith or are wanted to dive deeper into your faith.
Just know that hearing from God doesn’t necessarily mean that you will hear from Him audibly. I mean some people claim to hear from Him audibly but I’ve never experienced this before and I believe that most believers haven’t either.
What I mean when I say the phrase ‘hearing from God’ is that still small voice inside of you, that most people label as a conscience. I firmly believe that voice is the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
But here is the catch - if you think you are hearing something from the Lord, test what He is saying against Scripture.
Why do I say this? Because there are so many forces out there like the enemy or our own thoughts and desires that can cloud what God is saying. So, if you think you are hearing from the Lord, be sure to test that against Scripture. I say this because nothing that God says to you will ever contradict Scripture and if it does, you can be assured that this is not from God.
If you have any questions about this feel free to reach out to me or read this resource that I found to be helpful!
Ok, now on to what I’ve been learning this week…
As believers we all know that God answers prayers, but we also know that sometimes God is silent. We have all been there, where we are seeking answers or a direction from the Lord and all we receive is silence. Those can be very frustrating moments or even seasons of life.
Even in Scripture we can see examples of this. For instance in the book of Job, he cried out to the Lord during his suffering but did not hear anything from the Lord until chapter 38.
So, what can we do when God seems silent?
1. We can examine our lives.
Make sure that there isn’t any unconfessed sin in your life that could be preventing you from hearing God. (Psalm 66:18)
2. We can accept that God is faithful.
It is tempting to think that during these times of silence that God has abandoned, forgotten or even ignored us but this is simply not the case. We know from Scripture that God never leaves or forsakes us, and is faithful. These things are all part of God’s character that is unchanging. So, during those moments when we feel that God is silent, we must not forget His faithfulness.
3. We can recognize that we might already have the answer.
God speaks through Scripture and it dives into so many specifics on ways to live and paths to walk along. Perhaps consulting Scripture will give us what we seek.
4. We can keep talking to Him.
If you aren’t hearing from God, keep talking to Him! And if you aren’t hearing from God, just know that He hears you! It can be tempting to pull back when you hear silence, but don’t. In fact, do the exact opposite. Push into God even further and seek His face above all else. These truths are what carries me through seasons where I am not hearing much from the Lord.
I will leave you with this. A comforting verse for me is Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” So, if you are in despair, or are stressed or need an answer from the Lord, He invites you to call on Him. He desires for you to continuously talk to Him and walk along the path of righteousness with Him. He wants to hear from you and He wants to speak to you.