This post talks about when God seems silent
Waiting on God can be difficult, especially when it feels like He is silent. We may not understand why He is taking so long or why we don’t seem to be getting the answers we want.
But the truth is, God is always at work – even when it doesn’t feel like it.
This post will explore what the Bible says about waiting on God during silent seasons. I will also look at some inspiring examples from scripture and learn how to stay faithful when it feels like God is silent. Finally, I will end with a prayer for strength and guidance during these times of waiting.
Ready? Let’s go…
What does it mean to wait on the Lord?
The prophet Isaiah gives us a clue when he says, “Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31). To wait on the Lord is to hope in Him, to trust in His promises, and to have faith that He will come through for us.
The waiting period can be hard; people often see it as a silent season. It can be a time of great testing and trial. But it is also a time when we grow closer to God and learn to rely on Him more. As we wait on the Lord, He will renew our strength and give us the grace we need to make it through.
So if you feel like God is silent, take heart. He is watching over His word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12). It may not be easy but wait on the Lord. He will come through for you! ❤️
There are many examples in the Bible of people who waited on God when He seemed silent.
Here are three:
- One example is Abraham. He waited years for a son, and when it finally happened, it was because of God’s intervention.
- Another example is Joseph. He was sold into slavery by his brothers and ended up in prison, but eventually became the ruler of Egypt because God had a plan for him.
- Moses is another example. He waited 40 years in the desert before leading the Israelites out of Egypt.
All of these bible characters waited on God at a time when He seemed silent. They all trusted God would come through for them even when things looked impossible.
David’s Psalm (Psalm 13)
“How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?”Psalm 13:1-2
Have you ever felt like this? Have you ever felt forsaken, alone, and that God has hidden His face from you? If so, you are not alone. The great Psalmist David himself felt this way at times.
In fact, this very Psalm is entitled “A Song of Lament.” But even in the midst of his sorrow and pain, David had hope. He knew that his redemption was coming. And so he waited on the Lord.
Psalm 13 gives us great insight into how we should feel when God seems silent. In verses one and two, the Psalmist asks how long he must wait for the Lord to rescue him. He feels forgotten and abandoned by God. But in verse five, he Changes his perspective completely. He talks of God’s unfailing love and praises the Lord.
This change in perspective is crucial when we are feeling abandoned by God. It is easy to feel like God has forgotten us when things are going wrong in our lives. But we must remember that even when things seem hopeless, God is still in control. He is watching over us and waiting to perform his word.
Importance of being alignment with God’s will
During silent seasons, it is so essential that our focus is on being in alignment with his will and not settling for second best. So often, when we feel God is silent, we can get impatient and start to look at other options that may not be best for us. But if we trust that God has a plan for us and wait patiently, we will always end up in the right place.
Importance of reflection during silent seasons
It’s crucial to reflect during silent seasons. Here are some reasons why:
- It allows us to grow closer to God. It helps us to understand his character and learn more about him. It also allows us to see how he has worked in our lives in the past and how he is working in our lives now.
- Additionally, reflection during silent seasons can help us prepare for future seasons when God may seem more active.
- Finally, when we take the time to reflect during silent seasons, it can help us to be more patient when God seems inactive and trust that he is still working even when we don’t see it.
When we take the time to reflect during silent seasons, it can help us to see if something is amiss in our relationship with God. If we feel like we are constantly waiting on God and He seems inactive, it may be a sign that something is wrong. We may need to examine our hearts and ask ourselves if we are living in accordance with his will. If not, then we need to make some changes. Additionally, if we feel like our relationship with God is strained, reflection can help us identify the root of the problem and take steps to fix it.
Fasting and spiritual warfare
The book of Daniel is full of spiritual warfare. The Israelites had been carried off into captivity by the Babylonians, and they were facing all kinds of persecution. But even in the midst of their trials, God was with them, and He was ultimately in control.
So who was Daniel? Daniel was a man who God had given great favor. He was brilliant and well-liked by those in power.
The theme throughout the book of Daniel is that when faced with spiritual warfare, he did not try to battle the enemy in his own strength.
The first spiritual warfare we see is when Daniel and his friends stand up to king Nebuchadnezzar, and we see them being thrown into the lion’s den. But even when facing all of these trials, God was with them and protected them. (Daniel 6)
The second instance is when the prince of Persia, a powerful spiritual being, was warring against Daniel. But because Daniel had God’s favor, the angel Michael came to help him. After 21 days of fasting and prayer, Daniel was able to stand firm against the enemy and receive God’s understanding of the situation (Daniel 10).
We need to remember to fast and pray when we are in spiritual warfare. We need to depend on God’s strength, not our own. And we need to be patient because sometimes the battle takes longer than we expect. But if we trust in God and His timing, He will give us the victory.
So when you’re facing a difficult situation, and it seems like God is silent, remember to yield to him. Trust that He will work everything out for His glory and your good, and take comfort in His sovereignty.
[If you want to learn more about fasting, Read this blog post I wrote on fasting.]
Bible Verses for when God seems silent
Let’s briefly look at 3 verses:
When we wait on God, it is essential to remember that He is always watching over us. In Isaiah 65:24, we are told that “before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.” This means that even before we pray, God knows what we need. He is always listening, and He always hears our prayers. Even when it feels like He is silent, we can rest assured that He is always at work.
Another important verse to remember when waiting on God is Habakkuk 2:2-3. It says, “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” This verse tells us that even though the answer may not come right away, we need to be patient and wait for it.
God always has a plan. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” God has good plans for us, and we can trust him even when things are tough. When we are waiting on God, we can trust that he is watching over us and will perform his word. Sometimes we can’t understand what he’s doing, but we have to trust that he knows best. God is never silent.
9 Essential Tips When God Seems Silent
1. Pray and ask God to reveal Himself to you
When you feel like God is silent, one of the best things you can do is pray. Pray that God would reveal Himself to you in a personal and meaningful way. Ask Him to show you His goodness, love, and faithfulness. Meditate on verses like Psalm 46:11, which says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” As you quiet your mind and heart before Him, He will speak to you.
2. Read your Bible and meditate on His promises
Another thing you can do when God seems silent is to read your Bible. Turn to verses like Isaiah 40:31, which promises, “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.” As you read and meditate on God’s Word, you will be reminded of His goodness and faithfulness.
3. Talk to a trusted Christian friend or mentor
It can be helpful to talk to a trusted Christian friend or mentor when you feel like God is silent. They can offer prayer and support and help you process what you’re going through. Sometimes it’s helpful to get another perspective on things, and they may be able to offer valuable insight.
4. Attend a Bible study or small group
If you’re feeling disconnected from God, one of the best things you can do is get involved in a Bible study or small group. Spending time with other believers and studying God’s Word together can be very beneficial. It can help you feel more connected to God and His people.
5. Serve others and be a light in the world
One way to experience God’s love and care is by serving others. When we serve, we are reminded that we are not alone and that God is with us. We also get to be a part of bringing hope and light into the world. As you serve, you will likely feel God’s love for you in a very tangible way.
6. Rest in God’s love and care for you
Another thing you can do when God seems silent is to simply rest in His love and care for you. He knows what you’re going through, and He is with you. Cast all your anxieties on Him because He cares for you (see 1 Peter 5:7)
7. Thank God for His faithfulness, even when you can’t see it
Even when things are tough, and we can’t see God at work, we can choose to thank Him for His faithfulness. Verses like Psalm 100:5 remind us, “The Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.” As we thank God, our hearts will be filled with hope, and we will be reminded of His goodness.
Another helpful thing you can do when God seems silent is to journal your thoughts and feelings. This can be a way of processing what you’re going through and getting it all out. It can also be a way of seeking God and asking Him to reveal Himself to you. As you journal, you may find that God speaks to you in unexpected ways.
Another thing you can do when God seems silent is to worship Him. This is a way of reminding yourself of who He is and what He has done. It’s also a way of expressing your love for Him, even when you don’t feel like it. As you worship, you will likely find yourself feeling more connected to God.
When God seems silent, it can be a difficult and discouraging time. But there are things we can do to draw closer to Him even when He seems distant. As we do these things, we will feel closer to God and His love for us.
Dear God, thank You for always being with me. Thank You for being a God who is always at work. I know that You have a plan for my life, and I trust in Your perfect timing. Help me to be patient as I wait on You. Please give me the strength and courage to face whatever challenges come my way. I know that You are always with me, and I’m so grateful. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
And that’s it, folks…
As I close, I have three takeaways:
- When we wait on God, it is not in vain; He is always working even when we cannot see it
- We need to be patient and trust in God’s vision for us
- Remember that when God seems silent, He is actually watching over us and waiting to perform His word.