Many times I have heard people ask why God is silent when we are in our trials. I too have asked myself the same question. Perhaps it’s because I have not sat with Him in solitude. No distractions, no expectations but just sitting with Him and letting Him sit with me.
I was just typing a response to someone else who is experiencing a difficult time and trying to understand why she is not hearing from God and I wrote the following:
“It may seem like God is silent, but He is very present with you and has this whole journey mapped out for you. Whatever you learn about yourself, God, your relationship with Him, and your experiences on this journey, know this He has not forgotten you. Maybe God is just sitting with you in silence. Sit with Him and instead of asking for answers, just be with Him. He who is the Leader of all came to earth and was willing to wash the feet of his disciples, spend time with sinners, and made the ultimate sacrifice to die for our sins.”
It really helped me to see it from this perspective, because I I think that may be what is going on. He sits with us and is not standing off on the sidelines always wanting to tell us our next step dolling out unwanted advice that we do not need in that moment.. Maybe He just wants to be our friend, confidant, and listener. He knows exactly what we need and perhaps His silence is not distance, but just Him being with us.
In a society of noise and distraction, we often have difficulty settling in to just be with Him and have Him be with us. How can we hear Him if we are listening to the to do list in our head clambering for attention or finding fault with ourselves or focusing on our problems without allowing ourselves to know that God has a bigger picture in mind and He is working out the details?
One of my favorite verses from Psalm 34:18 in the Bible says “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and comforts those who are crushed in Spirit.” If you are going through a difficult time in your life right now, He is there always for that is what He has promised us as it says in Hebrews 13:5-6. “For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’ ”
As I end this, I have realized as I was writing that all of what I have written is for me to learn from. I don’t pretend to know it all or have all the right answers, all I know is that writing this has helped me to see Him in my own trial now. That to me is enough for me to lean on Him in solitude and rest on His shoulders.
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