What is God doing in the Silence?by Cynthia Jennings on March 8, 2023
Silence in most settings can be awkward. But as Believers silence can also be a gift. A moment of silence and stillness can bring the gentle whispers of God’s voice to speak to and comfort the things concerning our heart.
Silence can remind us that God positions Himself to be close to His sons and daughters.
So, how do we not grow weary when we do not know what He is doing? What do we do when it feels as if God is silent? How do we move forward when it feels like He does not hear our deepest prayers?
In moments when we feel God is silent, we should ask ourselves, is God really being silent or is that how I feel because what I want has not happened yet?
Has it ever dawned on you that God has not given you an answer to your specific request, problem, or situation because He is speaking to you about something else. Maybe you are too focused on the one thing you requested, and you cannot see the many things He has already brought to pass.
Perception. Perception. Perception.
Perception can help change the outlook of God’s silence.
Take a moment to reflect on your perception of God’s silence. Are you too busy, thus you treat moments in His presence as just another checkmark on your to-do-list? Have you been using those moments in prayer time as a “wish list” for God to expeditiously bring them to pass?
God wants to speak to your situation, do not miss what He is doing while you wait. While in the silence ask, “God what do You want to tell me?”
4 Things God is Doing in the Silence:
- Exercising Our Faith: Admitting our dependency on God gives us the opportunity to exercise our faith. It is by faith that God moves on our behalf (Hebrews 11). By faith Noah built an ark to save his family from the flood (Hebrews 11:7). By faith Abraham left his home to go to the land God would show him (Hebrews 11:8). The list could go on and on and it should serve as a reminder that by faith God is working for our good. By faith we must trust His Word no matter what the situation looks like. By faith God will meet our needs (Philippians 4:19).
- Promoting Dependency: We must acknowledge that we are not in control(Proverbs 19:21). There is nothing we can do to speed up the process of Gods silence. When we realize God is who and what we need above anything else, reminds us of our dependency on Him. If we draw near to God He will draw near to us (James 4:8). God hears our cry (Psalm 102:1-2) and He listens to our plea(Psalm 102:17). Trust Him even when you think He is being silent, He will reveal to you His answer in due time(Jeremiah 33:3, Micah 7:7).
- Stewarding Our Worship: Worship is not limited to church service. Our homes, cars or anywhere else can become a place of worship. When we worship, we take the focus off self and place it on our Heavenly Father. We reverence the One who is in control, our Creator(John 1:3). When we hallow(Matthew 6:9) His name it shifts our hearts to remind us of who God is(Psalm 23:1) and it helps minimize negative perspectives and maximize our love and dependency on Him(Psalm 23:2-3).
- Working It Out for Our Good: No matter how great our eyesight is, our view is limited, but God’s view is limitless and unrestricted (Job 36:22-24). We often think we know what is best for ourselves but in our finite minds we will always leave out details. God knows what is best because He sees all the intricate details (Proverbs 15:3). When you think God is silent remember who He is, your Provider(Psalm 54:4), Protector(Isaiah 41:10) and Redeemer(Isaiah 47:4). Remain confident in knowing He knows what is best for you (Romans 8:28)and trust Him through the process(Proverbs 3:5-6).
God’s perceived silence should steer us back to His Word and Prescence to show us how to exercise our faith, bolster our dependency on Him, develop our worship and allow Him to work it all out for our good.
God speaks to us even when we think He is silent. We need to be intentional in posturing our hearts and open our ears to hear from Him.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I come before You repenting for complaining when I think You are silent. I am asking for more grace as I learn to fully depend on You. Holy Spirit teach me to worship God in spirit and in truth. Soften my heart and open my ears to accept Your guidance even if I do not understand. Father, elevate my patience as I wait while You work things out for my own good. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
PEARLStoPONDER: Even when we cannot see God’s hand at work, He is always working behind the scenes on our behalf, for His purpose and glory.