It’s quiet and you have retired for the evening. The grind from the hustle and bustle from a day’s work has set in. Your mind is heavy laden—emotionally drained from dealing with the events that had transpired during the course of the day. And in the midst of it all, your spirit man has shrunk more because when everything else was happening, he wasn’t build up with the word of God, worship or prayer. The external situations in life have muffled the signals to seek repletion of God’s Presence. You think, “God do you hear me, do you even care?!” But there is no answer, no stir—silence.
Suddenly, you begin to feel your body break down. Then you lean towards the edge of the bed and sit down. In a flash, all of your accomplishments or not, for that day begin to overwhelm your thoughts. “Lord help me, I’m so sick and tired,” you mutter under your breath. There’s no rest for the soul that has become weary. Next, you turn on the TV because in it you’re looking for answers. You sit before it hoping that the man or woman speaking from it will give you some good news—better news, perhaps peace. You become more discouraged. “God do you hear me, do you even care?!,” you cry out. In an instant, the cries are no longer a mutter. Your voice gets louder. Your thoughts are racing and gradually you feel more agitated.
A rush of hopelessness and despair grips you tightly like the moveable jaws of a vise. You begin to weep profusely and your agitation has escalated to selfish, boisterous, outbursts of rage. “Dammit G-d do you hear me; are you listening God–do you even care; why aren’t you listening to me, I said!; do you hear me, why don’t you speak to me—where are you when I need you most?!”
Does this vignette sound familiar? Well, for hundreds of thousands of people it does, and it’s real. In fact, many in the body of Christ have lost their perspective of the silence of God. A great host of people often think that He doesn’t hear them. Perhaps they don’t realize the magnitude of His Sovereignty, His Peace or His Wisdom concerning His purposeful silence. In my personal experience, Father God is silent because He wants me to, at that time realize what encompasses or what is governing my heart and thoughts. Either my heart and mind will be engaged in the activities, cares and amusements of this world which creates the storms of life to rage or it will be anchored in an unfailing peace that surpasses my understanding (Scripture reading: Isaiah 26:3, John 16:33, Philippians 4:7). My faith in unending situations and circumstances in life is either going to be established in His promises found in His word, the bible, or set on the things of this world (Scripture: Colossians 3:1,2). Through it all, He IS listening and Has already responded. He knows our end from the beginning (Scripture: Isaiah 46:10).
Too often we have become distracted and have leaned to other people or have been lulled to rely on ungodly sources, for example mass media—news reporters, or other things that amount to a false sense of hope. But when there’s no hope, there’s no peace (Scripture reading: Proverbs 13:12). Our perspective becomes tainted. But God created us to “know,” that is, to have a relationship with Him so that we can experience His Peace in our hopes and perspectives. Being in the center of His peace and trusting Him is the key that unlocks our spiritual ear gates to hearing His voice. Yes, this IS possible in the midst of His silence. As well, in a lot of instances His Presence is felt and His voice can be heard, even penetrating grief and the noisiness of this world. Possessing a calming physiological, spiritual, and emotional state of being allows us to hear God and to hear Him clearly even when He is silent (Scripture reading: Zechariah 2:13, 1 Corinthians 15:46). Likewise beloved, a discerning spirit that is in tune to His revelations causes us to see by faith, His silent nature.
Being in the presence of God increases our sensitivity to His voice so that when He decides to speak, we will hear and recognize it (Scripture reading: John 10:3-5, 16). Practicing, maturing from, then becoming devoted to reading the word of God will put us back on the radar to the art of listening to the voice of God, even when we think He is silent.
God’s Peace is developed while seeking His presence, when praying, and through worship. For example, set yourself apart from your daily activities, the hustle and bustle or the cares of the day. Spend some time reading the bible. You could begin by reading the OT book of Proverbs or the NT book of Galatians. Read for about 5 minutes per day, then every week increase your reading time (Scripture reading: 2 Timothy 2:15). Turn on inspirational, hymnal, or gospel music. Allow His word to show you the errs of your ways, then repent. Spending your time in His Presence and experiencing His peace will always prevent your hope, faith and trust in Him from becoming fragmented (Scriptures: Acts 3:19, Psalm 16:11, 62:8, Ephesians 4:14-15). The presence of His love for you is never-ending. And His loving voice can always be heard. God is not silent. Rather He IS speaking and He IS reacting in ways too deep for our mere mind to comprehend (Scripture: Isaiah 55:8,9). He has responded to and He is listening to your heart’s cry (Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 13:1, Ephesians 3:19-21).
It is written: But know that the Lord has set apart him that is godly for Himself—the Lord will hear when I call unto him. Psalm 4:3
Shhhh, do you hear Him now?