A Question to Ask Yourself

I minister prophetically and so I hear God speak from His heart about issues, circumstances, situations, that have been, currently are, and will be – past, present and future for hundreds of people a year. However, in my walk with Him, my personal walk, I sometimes fail to hear His voice. This is because He is silent on the issues I am bringing before Him.

That use to concern me and no longer does. The Bible states: “Truly you are a God who hides Himself, O God and Savior of Israel.” (Isaiah 45:15) And when He is silent it seems like He is hiding from me.

He will, at times, simply be silent – hide Himself – and not speak and reveal His will or His wisdom for the situation or circumstance. “Heaven is like brass” I think is the common way of saying what that feels like. Ever been in that situation? Certainly, we all have been from the youngest to the oldest Christian. And here is what I know when I hit that situation.

I know that God loves me unconditionally and so He is not withholding information or His insights because He is mad at me. In fact, 1 John 5 states that I can have a deep assurance of His love for me. I never need to question the extent of that love because His love sent Jesus to the Cross to die for me and to reveal to me just how much He loves me.

I can trust Him completely even though I am not hearing His voice in the situation. He has proven to me over and over again that He wants nothing but the best for me. I know deep in my heart that His plans and purposes are always that I experience His best for me at all times. It says so in Jeremiah the prophet. And I know for certain that all things (the good, the bad, and the ugly) work together for good to those who love Him and His purpose. So, I rest in that truth and trust Him completely in spite of His silence.

I realize that if God is being silent that it is a good time to examine my heart and my motives. Maybe, you know – just maybe – there are some things that need a bit of adjusting or fine tuning. Maybe I am not hearing the whisper of His voice because I have allowed some things in my life that should not be there and they are causing spiritual static and thus making it difficult to hear Him as He quietly speaks.

Oswald Chambers once asked, “Am I close enough to God to feel secure when He is silent?” And, after some thought, I realized that “yes, I am” and it does not concern me when He is being silent on a certain issue I am facing. I know He loves me unconditionally; I know I can trust Him completely; and I realize there is always a good reason for the silence. And, my relationship with Him is solid enough to handle the silence… and because I am an introvert I even appreciate the silence at times.

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