This week I’ll be sharing about an evergreen topic in a Christian’s life. It’s one I speak on at retreats and conferences and one that we all unfortunately can relate to…Those times when God is silent.
We’ve all been there. Some of us are there now. But seasons of silence often speak louder than words. When we feel as though we are going through a season of silence, we begin to question everything. Yet God’s Word is not silent about those times when He is.
Walk with me through this week’s study as we shed some spiritual light on those dark places of silence. Perhaps you’ll soon begin to tilt the ear of your heart upward and hear the still small voice of God again.
While recently thumbing through an old prayer journal, I was reminded of a very difficult time in my life when our son had drifted far from God and far from all he knew to be right and good. I never even saw it coming…he had become a prodigal. Night after night, I soaked my pillow with tears and wore holes in the carpet next to my bed where I cried out to the Living God to do something in his life. But nothing happened. God was silent.
We’ve all been there. Desperate to see God move. Crying out for heavenly help, yet nothing seems to happen and we begin to wonder if God even cares. Does He see us? Why won’t He answer us? We know the Bible teaches us that God’s sheep hear His voice. So, what’s going on when we can’t hear Him? Why is it that we experience seasons of silence?
Oftentimes, God’s silence seems to be selective. It’s somehow compartmentalized into specific areas. Sometimes His silence shows up in the form of unanswered prayer. Perhaps you have experienced God’s silence in the area of your marriage, your finances or your children.
Let’s look at what Scripture says about the reasons why God may choose to be silent in various areas of our lives:
THE SIN FACTOR:
When we are baffled by God’s silence, we normally begin flittering through the mental files in our minds. “What have I done wrong?” “Do I have any sin in my life?” “Is God chastening me because of some hidden sin?”
Sin has the capacity to create a barrier in our fellowship with the Living God. Sometimes it is sin that prevents us from hearing God’s voice. But 1 John 1:9 provides us with a remedy to restore that fractured fellowship and re-establish that line of communication. If sin has somehow silenced the voice of God in your life, it would be to your advantage to employ 1 John 1:9 now. No sin is worth the inability to hear from your loving, heavenly Father.
LIVING LOUD LIVES
There are times when God is silent in our lives because our lives are just so loud. Let’s face it, we’re all busy…maybe too busy. We’ve got distractions coming to us from every direction. We’re constantly on the go. We allow our lives to be so loud that we drown out the still small voice of God and then wonder why we can’t hear from Him.
Psalm 46:10 tells us to be still and know that He is God…to bask in His presence and to abide in under the shadow of the Almighty. There we will find rest for our souls and give our hearts time enough to be attentive to His coveted voice.
This week you’ll have a chance to examine your life. Is your life too loud right now? Are you holding on to something that’s preventing you from hearing the still small voice of God? Are you experiencing your own season of silence?
Tomorrow, we will look at some other reasons Scripture explains why we may experience seasons of silence from God. Don’t miss this journey, sweet friend!