Silence: What should you do when God seems distant?

Silence is not always golden. In fact, sometimes it is very painful. The psalmist often records a song that begins with a cry to the Lord, asking where He is and why doesn’t he answer. We have all felt that way at times in our lives - when God is on mute. I don’t know what you do and how you process that, but it is an important matter to address in the Christian life. God is not at our beck and call. He is not merely there to respond to our demands and requests. He has other interests in mind; namely His Kingdom. What does that mean exactly? Let me give you some of my thoughts.

  1. God sees and understands what is going on with great clarity and perspective. We have a very myopic view of things and tend to look at what matters most to us.

  2. God’s ways are not our ways. His thoughts, as the prophet Isaiah said, are not our thoughts, because they are elevated above ours by such a significant distance that there is not comparison.

  3. More than wanting to give us what we are requesting, he has in focus how he will conform us to the image of His Son. Sometimes he doesn’t give us what we desire because he wants us to trust Him fully and completely. As someone has declared: “Don’t doubt in the dark what God has shown you in the light”. As soon as a little darkness comes in, we begin to hit the doubt button and that hurts us and changes our whole perspective of Him.

  4. There are a variety of reasons why God may be allowing us to go through the dark times and where it seems that He is not responding, or doesn’t care. This Sunday we will look at some of those reasons. I hope you are there, but, if not, come back and look for the sermon and listen to it.

In my next blog, I’ll suggest what we should do and how we should respond to those times when God seems distant and appears silent.

Steve Nehlsenprayer, silence, God