The most difficult experience for any Christian is to go through personal pain and it seems that God is silent. You lose someone you love, you are abused physically or emotionally, or you go through a season in your life that is unbearable, and you ask yourself, “Where is the God I love? Why is He not speaking to me? Why is God silent?”
These are fair questions, and in reality they are questions that must be asked. They are not easy questions to ask, and in some ways they are a lot more difficult to answer.
In my journey as a Christian leader I have met countless people who have been subjected to the electric silence of God. Heaven becomes brass and remains impenetrable for months at a time. If you have never asked this question then perhaps a time will come when you will. How do we answer such a difficult question?
1. Go to His Word: In times of silence I try to gain strength from God’s Word. That is one of the ways God does and can speak to us. I don’t read huge portions of Scripture, I try to concentrate on a verse, or a psalm, or some well know passage that I can meditate on during the day.
2. Speak to God: Remember even if you do not feel Him - He is there with you. That is why it is important to go to God’s Word because the Bible tell us in Deuteronomy 31:8 and in Hebrews 13:5 that the Lord will never leave us or forsake us. Don’t be afraid to bare your heart before God, He knows how you feel and you can be honest with Him.
3. Discipline your mind: I do realize that one of the biggest battles is in my mind. The Enemy of my soul tries to convince me that God is nowhere to be found and that He is unconcerned with my problem. The truth is, I have to constantly check my mind and remind myself that my God is good, faithful, and kind.
4. Allow God to ask you some questions: Learn that place of quiet contemplation so that God can also ask you some questions. In the book of Job we see God responding to Job. He asks Job a series of questions in Job 38, which leads Job to that place of understanding that God is God and His ways are higher than ours. Job is made aware of his humanity and reminded of the wisdom and knowledge of the God He serves.
5. Jesus holds us in our suffering: As Job learns and grows through his pain, so too, do we. The Bible reminds us that we participate in Jesus’ suffering Romans 8:17. We go through pain, but we also grow through pain!
6. Trust and obey: It might sound trite, but when we go through experiences and heaven is as brass we need to become childlike again. We need to learn that place of simple trust.
If heaven is silent and it feels as if God is not there, remind yourself of some of these truths. I recommend that you abandon yourself to the love of God. Throw yourself into the arms of Jesus and let Him see you through. Remember, it is not how you feel, but what you know. You may feel that heaven is silent, but you know from God’s Word that He is with you. Keep on trusting, keep on hoping, and keep on believing. Your darkness will pass. When that invasive blackness passes the beauty of the new day and the rising sun will appear even more spectacular in the light of what you have been through. Hold on my friend!
I am and always will be,
Recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,