WHEN GOD SEEMS SILENT!
One of the most asked question is ‘how does one hear and recognise the voice of God?’ and the second which is closely similar is ‘what do I do when God seems silent?’. These two questions show how in our walk with God we want to know His mind and sense Him more around us. Once more this week, I was asked the second question again. I tried to answer this question, I decided to use a story in our lives.
Just before Gateway Chapel started about 18 years ago, Eddie & I felt the next move in our business investment was to go into the hospitality industry. There was a strong argument for this as we needed to plan our enterprise in such a way that our businesses would not distract us from our service to God. We went ahead to pray and started out on the journey to search, offer and purchase a hotel.
NO WORD, NO GO!
On starting the process, things were ok, and we continued to pray and seek God’s face about the business. We had already gone about 75% through the purchase process and still had not heard a clear word from God. The idea was great, the reason was great; but God was silent. Pastor Eddie decided we were not going to proceed to the contract signing stage without a clear word from God. No WORD at that point for us meant No GO! That decision cost us financially but gave us the peace of God.
WHEN GOD SEEMS SILENT…
It took a short while later before we heard a clear word from God which interestingly was a confirmation of what God had been whispering into our hearts all along. God had been speaking, but it had been busy, and activity packed that we were not hearing His whispers. But why would God whisper to us? I read a book earlier this week that explained the answer to that. The author said, God whispers to us because He wants us to come close and lean into Him!
God’s word in 1 Kings 19:11-13 says
11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.
13 So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” ( I love the NET version. Read here)
God did not come in the loud events but quietly. He got Elijah’s attention, but Elijah had to lean in and stay still before he heard the still small voice.
Every time you think God seems silent; I will advise you to lean closer so you can hear His whisper. Draw near enough to lean into Him so He can whisper His mind to you. You can see the spectacular from afar, but you can only hear the whisper from close by. My advice is therefore, draw closer to God. Enjoy His peace and the quiet, even if it seems as if you have not heard a loud voice. He will lead you in the quietness.
God is on your side!
PS: Read my older post on God’s good plan here