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When God Goes Silent

Have you ever been in a dry season spiritually? When you can’t seem to hear God’s voice and you feel uncomfortably empty inside? I have, along with many believers in the body of Christ around the world. But today I want to encourage you that there is a purpose to these seasons.

If you feel that your days of clearly talking with and hearing from the Lord have come to an end, you may be left wondering if God’s even listening to a word you’re saying. Or perhaps you’ve already given up talking to the Lord because you figured that there was no point in continuing the one-way conversation.

Today I want to encourage you to keep pressing in. Don’t give up on the Almighty, because He hasn’t given up on you. In fact, He’s actually pursuing you during the quiet seasons that feel like dry and bitter storms in the desert.

“For everything there is an appointed time, a time for every matter under heaven… a time to be silent and a time to speak.” Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7 LEB

“For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.” Romans 5:7-9 NASB

Why exactly does God go silent? 

First, it’s important to acknowledge that the pain of not hearing from God is very real. We can easily feel rejected when the rest of His body just seems “to get it”. We can also feel abnormal, as if we’re not getting something right – maybe we’re not praying enough, waking up early enough to have quiet time, or worshiping the Lord enough. We must not be doing something right, or else He would be speaking.

However, we must understand that those feelings are based on human understanding alone, rather than divine knowledge. If God is choosing not to speak, then we can rest assured that there is a divine and eternal reason behind it. And this reason undoubtedly requires His assistance (through the Holy Spirit) to understand.

“But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:10-11 NKJV

I believe God wants you to know, in the power and authority of Jesus’ name, that He does not want you to indulge in self-pity, fear of rejection, or holding your head down low believing (even for a moment) that God does not see you, know you, and love you. God is interested in you – He’s extremely interested in your heart and the affairs of your life.

“For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds.” Psalm 149:4-5 NIV

In studying His word (and through my own personal time with the Almighty), here are three reasons in why God may go silent: 

1. As a Loving Father, He’s seeking a deeper, intimacy with us. God knows that as He becomes silent, we become painfully uncomfortable. In doing so, we also become increasingly hungry to know Him and to experience Him. In these seasons, we are ripe for intimacy and growth in the form of experiencing His everlasting love and believing in His word. This season is a real gift from the Lord.

“So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19 ESV

2. As a Loving Father, He’s seeking to correct us. If we are ever in a place where we have heard God’s voice and He then becomes silent, or we have never heard God’s voice for ourselves, then we can be keenly aware that something is not right. This is a good time to evaluate your true heart condition. God may be pursuing you through silence to show you a sin in your life that needs to be eradicated through His forgiveness. Whenever I find myself entering into a season where the Lord is quiet, I always start here. We’re all sinners in need of grace, beloved.

“My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.” Proverbs 3:11-12 NLT

3. As a Loving Father, He’s seeking to mature us. Perhaps you have repented from sin, but God is still not speaking. You may be in a season of developing maturity, and the Lord may use His silence to test you. When God doesn’t speak, one of the outcomes is a hunger to hear from Him, as in the first reason above. But these seasons can also produce righteous fruits, specifically patience, faithfulness, and self-control. These are beautiful gifts from the Father that we should praise Him for!

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1:2-4 NLT
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Responding to the Call

While the morning was quiet and my green tea was steeping in the french press, God began to speak:

“The Word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart, I appointed you as a prophet to the nations’.” Jeremiah 1:4-5

I have a call to be His voice to the nations. This call is one I’ve known ever since I was a young girl. In my life, I’d journey to other continents in a quest to fulfill this mission that is deeply embedded in my heart.

The truth is that we all have a call. Because God is extremely purposeful and wise, He intends for each of us to live a life of purpose with Him at the center of our gaze. Regardless of your particular occupation, we should always work with the following three commands in mind:

1. “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40

2. “But first be concerned about God’s kingdom and his righteousness, and all of these things will be provided for you as well.” Matthew 6:33 ISV

3. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

This is about you and Jesus. And living the most incredible, purposeful life while here on earth.

A couple of nights ago, Keith and I were browsing the TV guide and saw that a movie about Jeremiah was on. Out of curiosity, we turned to the channel, and within minutes my heart was captivated. You see, the Lord has consistently brought me to both Isaiah and Jeremiah as tools of training for my call and to emphasize that I was hearing Him correctly. And He will do the same for you, beloved. 

God will always use His word (because it doesn’t fade like emotions) when preparing and confirming your purpose in life.

After the movie, I opened His Word and began reading the first few chapters of Jeremiah and was struck by three important lessons. The story begins with an everyday man responding to a high call and obeying His Lord.

1. “The Word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart, I appointed you as a prophet to the nations’.” Jeremiah 1:4-5

This passage confirms God’s sovereignty over our lives. Each of us (every person from every nation) is created in God’s image and has a call to fulfill once we enter this world. We are created on purpose for a purpose. Yet, we must seek God (with our free will) to find what He is calling us to, and then we must allow Him to faithfully direct us along the way.

 2. “Ah Sovereign Lord’, I said, ‘I do not know how to speak; I am only a child’.” Jeremiah 1:6

Pay attention to this response of Jeremiah. First he refers to God as “Sovereign” (all-knowing, all-powerful, owning all things). Then he adds, “I do not know how…” This contradicts his initial description of God as sovereign, because he is attempting to limit God’s call with Jeremiah’s own inabilities. Finally, Jeremiah (a grown man at this point) closes his statement by saying he is “only a child.”

Is this not what we do as humans? We say “That’s nice Lord and thanks for thinking of me, but I’m not qualified to do that (I’m in too much debt, I don’t have that particular skill set, or I have a set agenda and that really isn’t apart of it). While we’re prone to focus on our own inadequacies, we forget that the very One who is calling us is more than adequate.

We as humans will never accomplish the will of God through mortal strength. If we could, we wouldn’t need God. A supernatural challenge requires a supernatural response. That is why we can do all things, but only through Christ who strengthens us. We must depend on God. We must take our eyes off of us and puts them on Jesus. This is where intimacy is built.

 3. “But the Lord said to me. ‘Do not say , ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you’, declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 1:7-8

Look at how God responds to Jeremiah here. He wants us to focus on Him instead of our inadequacies and environment. This is where many of us (including myself) often stumble. We pray for God’s will in our lives, but when the time comes, we’re more focused on the will of man. Allow me to elaborate. Jeremiah was afraid of what people would say or think of him once he actually went through with what God’s calling on him. He didn’t just feel inadequate; he also desired the approval of man. If we are to obey God in this life and walk closely to Him, we must forsake the desire to please man. And the fear of God must reign over the fear of man. May your heart be encouraged with His truth today.

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

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Revised: The Power and Prudence in Waiting on God

***Please be advised that the draft version of this post was published in error this morning. However, please enjoy this final version. To God be the glory!

As I sit at my desk, peering out at the hazy skyline of Atlanta, my mind drifts to a journal entry that I wrote after meditating on Psalm 40 and thinking. That memory reminded me specifically about waiting for God.

While I don’t know all of you, I believe many of you need to be encouraged in hope and in truth today. God hears your cries for help. He knows exactly what you need, and when you need it. Do not grow weary in waiting on Him. He is the Almighty God for a reason.

Let’s dive right into a small fragment of Psalm 40, followed by a few thoughts to ponder on our own before the Lord.

 “I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be astounded. They will put their trust in the LORD. Oh, the joys of those who trust the LORD, who have no confidence in the proud, or in those who worship idols. O LORD my God, you have done many miracles for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them.” Psalm 40:1-5 NLT

Allow me to encourage you if I may. There will be a season for God to lift you out of the mud and mire of life’s difficulties and pain, but you must trust in Him now. God is good, and He desires good. In times of trouble, the temptation to run from God and to run towards something else (such as self-dependency, another person, habit, or item) is very real. Avoid this temptation through the grace of Christ (remember that Jesus was tempted in all areas without sin, so He understands). Seek His will for you. You will never make a poor decision by trusting God for anything, no matter what the circumstance may be. God is good, and God is for your good.

When it comes to David and the benefits he received in waiting for God, there are four quick points that we can all be encouraged by:

1.David was lifted out of despair by God. God relieves the anguish that David feels (while being pursued to death by his enemies) by removing David from challenging situations (either physically, mentally, and/or emotionally).

2. God sets David’s feet on solid ground, meaning that He provides a place of refuge and safety away from the turmoil. God gives David a new perspective (whether that is literally a new, physical place or a mental shift in perception). God does the impossible in a trying situation.

3. God steadies David as he walks. Not only does God direct David’s steps, but He also brings incredible stability to David’s life as he explores this new place of trusting Him.

4. God places a new song of praise in David’s mouth. God fills David’s heart with a renewed peace, wonder, hope, and joy that causes David to overflow in praise to His faithful God.

As Christians, you and I still serve, love, obey, and pray to the exact same God that David did thousands of years ago. Think about this truth for a moment. If God is just and faithful, and He does not change, then how in the world could we dare to believe that He would rescue and restore King David (one of His own) but not us? If we are praying to God and seeking His face, God hears us. While we cannot determine when He will answer or what He will say, we can know that He does hear and He does act. You and I must trust in God for His perfect timing, and believe with all of our hearts that He is in fact, good, trustworthy, and faithful (because He is). God has no favorites (Rom 2:11). He loves us all the same, and remember that Jesus died for the entire world because He loves mankind so much (John 3:16).

Be encouraged, beloved. Draw close to God and seek Him. And know that just as God delivered David, He will also deliver you. Blessings quickly follow after suffering has been surrendered to the Lord. To God be the glory!

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