I love God. I’m grateful to know and be known by Him. He is my life. With all that being said, I also have weeks where I feel like God is silent. He feels distant and sometimes even absent. These periods are absolutely horrible. I recently had a month of Jesus being silent. I hated it. I’m just coming out of it, so I thought I’d write a post about how to deal with God being silent.
Realize God is not silent.
God isn’t silent, instead we’re just far too loud to hear God. We can’t hear God because we’re either not listening, we’re too loud complaining, or we’re running away from God. That last one happens more often than we’d like to admit. If you’re not as close to God as you once were, who moved? We’re as close to God as we want to be (James 4:8). We run away from God by living in our sin. We know that we shouldn’t sin, but we do it anyways. However, God is always telling us that He loves us, even when we’re running away. God is never silent.
If you have a problem, pray. If you don’t have a problem, pray. Prayer should always be present in the life of the Christian. Prayer is our lifeline to our power source (i.e. God). Your phone needs to charge daily, just like you need to pray daily. We aren’t meant to live this life without the guidance of God. Prayer is one way God communicates to us. The Apostle Paul spoke about the need for prayer.
Philippians 4:6-7 says:
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Prayer eases our anxiety. There is something powerful in telling God our problems. Through prayer, God takes our problems off our shoulders. This is why we need to pray at all times, especially during times when we think God is silent.
Read the Bible.
The great pastor Charles Spurgeon once said, “A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.” One of the biggest ways God speaks to us is through the Bible. As we read from the pages of the Bible, we learn how God has been faithful to the faithless and how He has loved those who haven’t loved Him. The Holy Spirit takes what we have read and He communicating truth to us in our present situation. This is how God uses the Bible to strengthen and encourage us. This is also why we need to read the Bible, especially when we don’t want to read the Bible.
Hang out with Christian friends.
God speaks to us through prayer, through His Word, and through our Christian friends. Being a Christian means following Jesus and being apart of His Church (1 Corinthians 12). We must be connected to a local body of believers if we truly want to mature in our faith. The Bible says that our christians are here for us during our times of trouble (Proverbs 17:17).
I would be lost without my Christian friends. They speak truth in my life when I need it most. They aren’t afraid to lovingly call me out on my sins and help me through my problems. They love me enough to say what I need to hear, not just what I want to hear. God speaks to me through my Christian friends. You could be tempted to live in your sin when you think God is silent, but a good Christian friend will do all they can to help you get back on track.
Don’t give up.
There will be times when praying, reading the Bible, and hanging out with Christian friends won’t solve all your problems. God can still feel silent. This is normal. God doesn’t usually work like a genie. He normally doesn’t snap his fingers and all our worries instantly go away. Nope. It may take time to get back spiritually where you once were. This is when you must never give up. We have to keep fighting the good fight. We can’t give up. The Holy Spirit will make sure to get us back on track.
These are things that help me when I feel like God is silent.
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