Struggling Through God’s Silence
When will she stop? Her persistence is admirable but it doesn’t persuade me in the least. I just continue doing the dishes in silence. She gets annoyed and takes the whining up an octave, maybe two. Still I stand my silent ground. My hope is that she will accept the answer she was given and relent but that doesn’t seem likely at this point.
She wants another cupcake. She and her daddy had spent all morning making ladybug cupcakes and in so doing made the kitchen look like world war III had just taken place. My hubby gets so involved when he’s cooking that he has no idea of the mess he makes in the process. But I wouldn’t have it any other way because he cooks with so much love. And I have to admit, they were really cute cupcakes. And so delicious!
Yet, I stand my ground for her health’s sake. I will not give in and I remain silent through her pitiful pleas. I wonder if God does that to us sometimes. Remains silent through our pitiful pleas because He knows what’s best for us. The struggle is real, isn’t it? You pray, you read the Word, you may even fast and yet God is silent. Not a word. It’s so quiet that you wonder if He is even there. I’ve been there many times and to be honest with you, I’m there now. Desperate for guidance and direction but God remains silent.
When these seasons come into my life I pour out my heart to God. I don’t journal because I don’t want to have a permanent record of my tantrum so I type it out on my computer screen and when I’m done, I delete it. I call it virtual venting. Try it next time you want to cry out to God and see if you don’t feel better when you’re done.
So why is God silent? Why does it sometimes appear that He ignores the cries of His beloved? It could be the result of unconfessed sin. Start by praying Psalm 139:23-24 and ask God to search your heart and see if there is any wicked way in you. God could be silent because He’s increasing our prayer life or perhaps building up our faith. It may also be that even though He has already given us a “no” to something we’ve asked for, we’re hoping He will change His mind. How do we respond to God’s silence? Better yet, how should we respond? Do we trust Him or do we whine and complain?
Throughout Scripture we can see several examples of God’s silence. David, while he was on the run from King Saul, cried out to God asking Him why He was being so silent…
“My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning. O my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer; And by night, but I have no rest.” Psalm 22:1-2
David is begging God for guidance and direction during this troubling time. Yet, even though God is quiet, David still praises Him. As you continue to read this Psalm you can see that even though it is a Psalm of anguish, David continually reminds us of God’s unfailing love:
“Yet, You are holy… In You our fathers trusted; They trusted and You delivered them. To You they cried out and were delivered; In You they trusted and were not disappointed…. I will tell of Your name to my brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will praise You….For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; Nor has He hidden His face from Him; But when he cried to Him for help, He heard.”
And then there is Job. A righteous man who had his faith in God tested. Although he grew impatient with God, he never gave up on believing that He would hear his cries and eventually answer.
“Behold, I go forward but He is not there, And backward, but I cannot perceive Him; When He acts on the left, I cannot behold Him; He turns on the right, I cannot see Him.” Job 23:8-9
And how does Job respond to God’s silence? Look at the very next verse;
“But He knows the way I take; when He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold” Job 23: 10
Job never questioned God’s faithfulness. As a matter of fact, he realized that the purpose of the trial he was going through was to refine him (as gold). He recognized it wasn’t to punish him, but to purify him. He went on to say…
“As God lives, who has taken away my right, and the Almighty, who has embittered my soul, for as long as life is in me, and the breath of God is in my nostrils, my lips certainly will not speak unjustly, nor will my tongue mutter deceit. ” Job 27:2-4
Oh that we may respond the same way during God’s silence in our own lives. I pray that I will learn from these wise men and realize that God is not punishing me when He is quiet…. he is pushing me to grow stronger because He believes in me. Like a good Father, He is letting go of the bike to show me that I can ride it all by myself. And even though He may not be holding on, He is not far behind to catch me if I fall.
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May we cease struggling through God’s silence and recognize the true strength that is within us. May we become strong, independent and bold women who do not tremble with fear in the darkness, but rise up to look fear in the face and proclaim that God is still in control. And may we teach our children to do the same.