When Things Are Quiet with God
If you’ve been a faithful believer in Jesus Christ, then you have probably had periods where you know that God has worked miraculously in your heart. You’ve been wowed by His presence, and He’s made things grow and metamorphize in your life in ways that you can’t even describe. You know that God is on the move!
There are other times that, well, God seems silent. You’ve prayed for things to happen, to little (or no) avail. You’ve plateaued; and while it seems like nothing is really “wrong” per se, you an unsettling mixture of feeling of stagnancy and quiet. What gives? Has God abandoned you? Is He done with you?
Not in the slightest! Every Christian letting God shape and mold their hearts is likely to go through at least one similar experience in their walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. What do you do in situations like this?
Draw nearer to Him. Seek God out deeper and further than you ever have before.
Fall more in love with Him. The more we learn about the Lord God Almighty, the more we realize how beautiful and wonderful and holy He is.
Be faithful to God. Whatever He has called you to do, continue to do it. God the Father could have you exactly where He wants you in your life at the moment! And He may also be preparing you for the next big chapter of your life.
Be patient. As much as our instant gratification society wants us to have split-second results for everything in life, God’s timing doesn’t always work the way we selfishly want. The Bible is full of characters who waited years, or even decades, for God’s promises to be fulfilled. If you need a reminder of how God perceives our finite, linear time, just refer to 2 Peter 3:8: “But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.”
There are times when unchecked sin can cause us to stumble and put a “block” on things. Having selfish motives (James 4:3), doubting that God will work (James 1:6, Hebrews 11:6), not respecting and honoring your wife (1 Peter 3:7), not being brotherly and kindhearted and humble (1 Peter 3:8-9), not being of sound judgement and sober spirit (1 Peter 4:7), cherishing sin and not repenting from it (Psalm 66:18) and having unforgiveness towards others (Matt 18:23-35) are all things that can hinder prayer from being answered and effectively put a halt on God’s advancement of our growth. While the mention of all of these aforementioned guidelines may seem daunting, rest assured it’s not. These will all become “second nature” the deeper we love God and are in the Holy Spirit.
Therefore, keep on praying and never give up (Luke 18:1-9). Don’t become weary in doing good, for we will reap the harvest if we don’t give up (Galatians 6:9). And let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfectly and fully developed, lacking in nothing (James 1:4).
So get closer to our Heavenly Father. Curl up to Him and get deeper into His love. Rest in His peace and be confident in His timing. Things WILL happen. When they do, it will be worth it.