Friend, do you find yourself in a season of silence? Are you praying and crying out to God? And still do not get wisdom, direction or a specific answer to prayer?
Trusting in God when trials come back to back. Trusting in God who is faithful. Trusting in God who is in control. We place our trust in the One who will never leave us nor forsake us. But do we really trust an Almighty God? Sure, as believers it sounds good to verbalize and meditate on these truths. But deep down, in our hearts and minds are questions like, “Why did this happen?” or “How long will I be on this road?” to “Lord, what are you teaching me?” to “God, I do not hear from you.”Then, we open our bibles, (or at least we should) to search the words like trust, faith, and hope. We pray scriptures that resonate within us. We try to be still before the Lord. But nothing changes… So we cry out, ” God! Please speak to me, open my heart, ears, and eyes!”
But God is Silent
Let’s take a look at Nehemiah’s example:
Read Nehemiah 1:1-10, Nehemiah 2:9
The Lord placed it on Nehemiah’s heart to rebuild the Jerusalem walls. He prayed fervently day and night . He fasted, he confessed his sins and the people’s sins. This cupbearer did all the things believers do. Nehemiah fasted, prayed and confessed. But God was silent. Nehemiah did not receive an immediate answer to his heartfelt, sincere prayers. When did God answer him concerning this prayer ? Four months! In this day and age, four months seems like a lifetime. He knew what God placed on his heart. So instead of giving up, cursing God or seeking counsel elsewhere he continued to pray earnestly and trust God Almighty.
Maybe we can use Nehemiah’s example on waiting on God’s answer. Perhaps you can trust God in your season of silence.
Trust and Silence
Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.”
I can say, I’m trusting God, but am I really trusting God with all my heart?” Am I depending on my own understanding? In a certain season of my life, I have answered with a resounding, “Yes, I am trusting God with all of my heart!” This is an example of what surrender looks like. You can read more about trusting and surrendering to His will here.
Silence and Action
One of my biggest personality hiccups is that I am a person of action, a go-getter, so to speak. Being still and silent is definitely a weak area in my life (ya’ll pray for me!). The silence causes me to take action. My actions speak out,” God I don’t hear from you so I am going to take matters into my own hands! Or, “God, you didn’t give me the answer I wanted so I am going down my own path.” As ifI can move a mountain. The silence in other seasons causes me to overthink, rethink or question every single detail. Friends, we must remember that God is not a god of confusion. He gives us clarity and direction.
If you have not read the book of Nehemiah, I would like to encourage you to do so. There are countless nuggets of truth on prayer(his Nehemiah prayed) among other nuggets that can be applied in your life and prayer life.
Father God, help me to trust in you with all my heart with________(fill in the blank). Help me to lean not on my own understanding regarding________(fill in the blank). So that in all my ways, I will acknowledge you. Give me endurance to pass this test of truly trusting in you when I do not hear from you.
In Jesus name, amen