I bowed my head. Discouragement burdened my heart.
Jesus, please speak to my heart. Help me hear. Guide me. Show me what to do.
But all was silent.
And I wondered if He was even listening.
I wondered if He still cared.
Had I slipped between His fingers and fallen from grace? Had I stepped out of His arms of mercy?
Was I lost, and I didn’t even know it?
This tactic of satan isn’t anything new. In fact, it’s probably one of the oldest tricks in the book. He’d love to make me question anything and everything I know and hold to be true. He’d love for me to begin to question God.
But I refuse.
The Word reassures me (Matthew 10:30). He knows me (John 10:1-19). He cares for me (1 Peter 5:7). He loves me (Romans 8:38-39).
What to do when God stays silent.
Are you in that kind of rocky place right now, where you’ve prayed and prayed but it seems like God is ignoring you? Hold on. Help is on the way.
God’s timing isn’t the same as ours. He doesn’t move or work in human ways. His ways are higher than ours. In the meantime, here are some things to do when God is silent.
1. Walk by faith. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). It’s easy to talk about walking by faith when everything is good. But when you feel like you’re struggling just to make it day-by-day, that is when faith kicks in. Keep praying, waiting, watching expectantly for God to move.
2. Give thanks. You cannot give thanks and remain sad. It isn’t possible. The more thanksgiving you offer to God, the better you’ll feel. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves of all He’s done for us. Giving thanks is the best way to remember.
3. Pray. A lesson I’m still learning is take it all to Him. We can talk to friends and try to figure things out all day. But there are some things we’ll never understand (probably because it isn’t meant for us to). I can’t tell you how often I’ve messed things up doubly by talking about situations with everyone except Jesus. Instead, take it to the Master. He holds the answer. Best of all, He’s ready and waiting to listen.