“’I cry out to you, O God, but you do not answer; I stand up, but you merely look at me.’” Job 30:20 (NIV)
When someone you love walks next to you through the trials and tribulations of life, there are times when they don’t say a word. They simply hold you when you cry or sit next to you while giving you the space to grieve. However, we often have a problem when God is silent simply because He isn’t visible to us. The “tangible” way we feel His presence is through Him speaking to our hearts or guiding our steps. Therefore, we can equate God’s silence with Him not being present to our needs.
If anyone had a reason to shout his annoyances to God, it was certainly Job. God even offered this godly servant to Satan to be tested, and Satan jumped at the chance—go figure—to do everything he could to ruin Job’s life and his trust in God. Through a good portion of Job’s tragedy, God was silent. The only company he had was the miserable dialogue from his friends. However, when God finally broke His silence, it came in the form of His powerful testimony. When God showed up, Job’s response was “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2).
Many people can often feel abandoned by God on the support-raising journey. When things get tough, it can feel as if God is silent and not present to our needs. I’ve often had conversations with God saying, “Okay, God, I was obedient, now what? You’re not speaking. You’re not showing me anything, and I feel stuck with everything spinning out of control fast.” However, we need to take our faith lesson from Job and understand that, when God calls us to do something, His plans will not be thwarted.
Yes, there can be sin that gets in the way of us hearing God when He speaks or times when we deliberately take the wrong path and refuse to listen, but there are truly times when God holds us without speaking so we can grow on our own to trust Him more. He’s preparing us for our different ministries. It’s during these times we must ground ourselves in the truth of who God is and trust His sovereignty. Be prepared, because it’s out of the silence, God brings us to a place of worship, and out of that worship comes great things for Him.
- Confess any sin areas in your life that may be interrupting God’s voice.
- Read Job 38-41. Understand who God is and His sovereignty over everything, including our lives.