when God is silent


silence-photoThese seasons of silence can be some of the loneliest and toughest in our relationship with the Lord but also the sweetest and most intimate. We find ourselves daily praying for answers, guidance, a sign and then….. nothing…..just silence. I have lived many of these seasons of silence and if I have learned anything it is this –

check these guys out Within God’s silence He has loud purpose. little-bird

Only God knows why He chooses to be silent. But there are a few things we know to be true about his character.

buy gabapentin 600 mg online Although He may sleep, He never oversleeps. I heard a friend say one time “I know that God has called me to take this job, but now I am worried that I wont find a place to live.” I always think of the Israelites and their ability to quickly forget God’s provision and guidance. God doesn’t call us to a ‘place’ and then just drop us off and leave. He continues to provide. But we cannot rush Him. Wait for God to move. He is never late. He is always on time, HIS time.

He chooses to sanctify over satisfy. Over a year ago we prayerfully put our house on the market to short sell because the market wasn’t able to bear what we owed on it. We knew this is what God wanted us to do, so it made no sense to us why it wasn’t selling. It started becoming clear to us along the way. He wanted to sanctify us. We were self-made, resourceful, make-things-happen, hustling entrepreneurs – but WE couldn’t make our house sell. He showed us there was no room in our self-made world for a Savior. He was jealous and fought to get us back.

He chooses to protect over promote. A year and a half before we put our house on the market I launched a new division of my business. Financially, the numbers were all there to be a success. The launch garnered national recognition and awards. I felt confident orders would come pouring in. Well it was more like a trickle and we couldn’t figure out why. We had prayerfully considered this launch, so where was God? He was in fact in every detail. He showed us that if we had been financially successful then the bank would see that profit and never allow us to short sell and God clearly wanted us out of the house. He was protecting us from making too much because he had so much more FOR us.

He uses prayer to change us not Him. Oswald Chambers writes, “A wonderful thing about God’s silence is that His stillness is contagious – it gets into you, causing you to become perfectly confident so that you can honestly say, “I know God has heard me”. He wants you to trust Him beyond any shadow of a doubt regardless of whether you audibly hear from him or see Him. THIS is faith. “Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10

God is always weaving. Every minute of everyday He never stops. Even when we can’t hear the rhythm of the loom, God is weaving the threads that will reveal a beautiful tapestry.  little-bird

He is never late. Never mistaken. Always perfect. Trust Him and His sovereignty.

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5 Comments on when God is silent

  1. Erica
    December 28, 2014 at 12:08 pm (5 years ago)

    I am going through a season of silence as we speak. It is hard, it is trying but I know my God will prevail! Thank you for this comforting reminder.

  2. Lia Huber
    June 26, 2014 at 6:31 pm (5 years ago)

    What a beautiful, lovely post, Jenn. Such a fortifying and uplifting reminder that God’s rejection (or pause) is our protection.

  3. Pam Parker
    June 26, 2014 at 8:06 am (5 years ago)

    Thank you for restating and reminding me that I have to wait ( patience isn’t me sweetest virtue ) and trust that ” God has this.
    Our mentally ill sister in law has moved in and the challenges seem to get bigger every day and I needed a reminder that He hears my cries and He’s with me and I just can’t see the work He’s doing on my behalf

  4. Kitty
    June 25, 2014 at 9:50 pm (5 years ago)

    Loved this article and am so blessed by this printable! (A group of awesome women here in Oxford, MS are doing a book club on Corrie Ten Boom’s The Hiding Place and I’ll be printing it for my group!) As my husband and I were walking through infertility I would have told you the silence was deafening, yet His presence was loud. Now on the other side of it all, we can see the beauty of the tapestry! Praise His name on every step of the journey!!!

  5. allison
    June 24, 2014 at 2:03 pm (5 years ago)

    I think that silence sometimes makes us think the tapestry is unraveling. Like somehow we are going backward in our walk with God. What I have found in this season, though, is that the silence can be for our REST…that all important rest before it is time to go to work again. I’m learning to be thankful for the golden thread of rest that is woven into this tapestry, so that I’m renewed and refreshed for the moment God says “go!” Thank you, Jenn, for a beautiful reminder – can’t wait to print the fabulous hand-lettered art piece!


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