Sunday, September 30, 2012

What Do You Do When God Seems Silent (Part 1)

We have all experienced times in our lives when it seemed as if God is silent. Maybe we have prayed and prayed and there seems to be no answer, God seems far from helping? What do we do in times like this? I would like to look at several who had such experience to learn what God might be teaching us when He seems silent. 

First it is extremely important to remember that when God seems silent He is never idle and He is always faithful! There is a reason and a purpose behind the apparent silence.

I think of Mary and Martha when their brother Lazarus was very sick (John 11) They asked the Lord to come quickly. Instead He waited another two days, by the time He arrived Lazarus had died. Why did they have to go through that experience of grief? Why didn't He come sooner? 

The book of Exodus opens with the children of Israel in bondage for 450 years. They cried and prayed and pleaded with God for deliverance. Generations lived and died with no answer, it seemed as if God was silent. When God did answer them He provided a deliver that brought them out of Egypt. In Exodus 14 we find them out of Egypt but pursued by Pharaoh's army. Pharaoh chased them right up to the Red Sea. They had an enemy behind them and d an obstacle in front of them with no where to turn. What could they do? What should they do? The answer was given to Moses in Exodus 14:10-14 and could be very instructive for us when God seems silent in our lives. 

Stand Still 
Moses was told, "Do not be afraid." That is much easier said than done! When the enemy is pressing upon you or a insurmountable sea is in front of you. It's easier to go through things when you know why. But God doesn't always let you in on the why. But when there sees to be no way out, look up! Sometimes I have been in an airplane in the midst of a terrible storm. The pilot doesn't usually try to fly through the rough weather, he climbs to higher heights to fly above the storms!That is what we need to do, but the only way to do that is to be occupied with the One who is in control of the storm. When the circumstances are against you and are getting you down, look up! If we find yourself under the pressure of circumstances we will be defeated. If we try to plow through our circumstances we will soon be exhausted! True victory is found when we rely on the One who is over ALL circumstances! He is always with you in every circumstance. Moses instructions were simple, but not easy! They were not to fear and simply stand still. 

See the Salvation of the LORD 
The LORD had already delivered them out of Egypt. He made known His presence through the pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night. He wasn't completely silent in their lives and He really isn't completely silent in ours. Satan wants to discourage us and feeds us with all sorts of lies during the times when God seems silent to us. The great liar that he is will tell us things like: "What makes you think that you can hear God?" "God isn't going to speak to you, you don't deserve it." "You don't really know God at all. "God really does care about you, He's given up on you. "God isn't real. You've just been making it up." These are just a few of Satan's lies but do we rely on our feelings or on the fact of God's promises? He has given us His Word. We need to remember what He has done in the past and stand still in the present. God promised that He would never leave you or forsake you. God is always with you. When God seems silent, let Him guide you even in the apparent silence. 

God's apparent silence is an invitation to take your eyes off the circumstance and to look to Jesus who is the author and finisher of your faith. 

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