When God is Silent
What about when God does not speak? Does that mean He does not care or that He is not there? At River City Church, we believe that God loves to lead, teach, and speak to us. We also believe that all ministry occurs through the power of the Holy Spirit when God decides. Our job is to stay “in step” with the Holy Spirit. When He is silent, then we will wait, trusting that He is present, but, for whatever reason, He is not revealing Himself.
First, let’s state a few reasons that we might not be hearing from God that are practical and can be overcome.
- God has been speaking to you, but you have not recognized His voice because you have not understood or learned the various ways in which He speaks (i.e. through the Bible, dreams, words of knowledge, experience). (Jack Deere’s Book, Surprised by the Voice of God.)
- Fear has made it difficult for you to hear God’s voice, i.e., fear that He might not speak at all or fear of what He will say if you stop to listen.
- You might have believed the lie that you are not important enough for God to speak to you. “Why would He want to speak to me??”
- Pride. R.T. Kendall, Jack Deere, and others talk about our pride being the greatest hindrance in experiencing God’s healing and power and hearing His voice.
Now, some of you have heard God speak to you in the past, and suddenly you stop hearing from Him!! We think, “What am I doing wrong?”
There are times where God intentionally stops talking to us! Why?
Moses warned the Israelites, “And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not.” Deuteronomy 8:2.
How about King Hezekiah?
“He trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel, so that there was none like him among all the kings of Judah after him, nor among those who were before him. For he held fast to the LORD. He did not depart from following him, but kept the commandments that the LORD commanded Moses. And the LORD was with him; wherever he went out, he prospered.” 2 Kings 18:5-7
But then Hezekiah got a little cocky and proud.
“But when envoys were sent by the rulers of Babylon to ask him about the miraculous sign that had occurred in the land, God left him to test him and to know everything that was in his heart.” 2 Chronicles 32:31
Here the word for “left” is a Hebrew word that means “abandon” or “forsaken.”
As in the case of Hezekiah, God wants to see whom we are really going to trust, serve, and obey. In these times of silence, our hearts are revealed by how we live.
Jesus finished the work of our salvation. He completed all that needed to be done so that we can experience the love of our Father. On the cross, Jesus experienced an isolation from His Father so deep and dark, so that we will never have to. There are times where we may feel alone, but we know that because of the work of the Cross, we are not alone!
When times come when you feel totally alone, and you can’t experience God… know that He is there with you.
It could be a time that God is testing you or helping you to trust what you have come to know of your relationship with Him. Leaning not on what you feel, but what you know is true about Him, drawing on your past experiences, allow Him to lead you deep into the truths of His word and what your experience with Him has revealed to you.
Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” - Jesus (John 20:29)