When God is quiet in my life (a season I recently came out of!) I’m reminded of my days of teaching. As a teacher it’s sometimes hard to speak over a loud classroom. One thing I used to do was say the first sentence or two loudly to try and get their attention…BUT, mid-sentence, I would start to “loud whisper” and then every head would turn towards me!
I found that when I whispered they would all quiet down to hear what I had to say. When I whispered it meant something important was about to be said.
When people whisper it’s usually intimate, it’s meant only for that ONE person. When someone is whispering, we have to tune our ears so intently on what is being said to make sure that we hear it. We have to really concentrate to be able to hear what’s being said.
I find that when I think God is being silent, He’s sometimes just been whispering. He’s saying, “Listen closely, Keri. This is important and it’s just for you!”
Sometimes it’s easy to lose His voice in the chaos of this world. But I have found that when I feel like He’s quiet, THAT is when I should dig even deeper into His word. And eventually, in His timing, I’ll hear what He might be saying.
Times of silence remind me of Job when he says, “I cry to You for help and you do not answer me…” (Job 30:20) Job, who had lost everything. Job, whom God allowed to be tested and tried.
Times of silence remind me of King David. He repeatedly asked God to show Himself to him. He asked to be delivered from his enemies. He asked in many of the Psalms, “Why have You forsaken me?” (Psalm 13, 22:1-2, 10:1)
He allowed those things to happen…for His plan, for His purpose, for His glory.
Sometimes in our walk with Christ, we seem to go through seasons of what some people call “spiritual drought” or a “dry season.” But think about this for a minute – do you think God is really ever silent? Do you think that He is just sitting around, twittling His thumbs, enjoying the silence? I can’t imagine that our God, who knows every hair on our heads, stays silent. (Luke 12:7)
No. The fact is He’s never really silent. He is always working things together for His greater plan. A plan we may not see or understand in this season of “silence.” A plan we might never understand. But silence doesn’t always mean inactivity!
We are called to be content where God has us and to walk in obedience and trust. Even in times when it’s harder to hear His voice through the noise of the world.
So, when you feel as though you may be in a tough season, just tune your ears into His word. Listen with your spiritual ears and dive into His word MORE, not less. Seek Him, and in His timing He will reveal Himself to you. You will be able to look back and see how His hand was in everything, even when you felt He was quiet.
In the meantime, while we are leaning in to hear God’s still small voice we can find comfort and wisdom in the scripture, in our church community and in our spiritual mentors.
We can dig deeper instead of being discouraged when we think God is silent in our lives.
Trust and know that God is there. He is listening to your prayers and He hears your cries. He is there; He is never silent.
“Search for the Lord and His strength; continually seek Him. Remember the wonders He has performed, His miracles, and the rulings He has given…” –Psalm 105:4-5
Lord, I pray that when a season of what seems like silence comes, we run to You and not away from You. I pray that we tune our ears to hear Your voice in the Word. I pray we trust You and walk in obedience even when it’s hard.