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When God is Silent

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Have you ever experienced the silence of God?

It happens. We pray, we talk to God, we cry out to Him, and there is no response. The heavens are quiet and still. It seems our petitions never make it past our own atmosphere.

Is God ignoring us? Is He giving us the silent treatment? In our greatest time of need, is He too busy to respond to our pleas for help?

Our questions are nothing new. David struggled with this too. Over and over again. O God, where are you? Why won’t you answer me? Do you even hear my cries? Where is your voice? Where are the answers? The words of comfort? Why have you forsaken me?

Admittedly, God’s silence is often a fearful thing, frustrating, maddening.

So are we alone when He is silent? Has He abandoned us when we need Him most?

No. Here’s what I think. A few years back my oldest daughter, in third grade at the time, got an MP3 player for Christmas. Now, she was in third grade, we weren’t going to pay a lot for that kind of technology so she got a Disney model that did the job just fine and she was thrilled with it. When she returned to school she was so excited to tell her friends about her new gadget. When I got home from work I asked her how her day at school was and she started crying. The other girls laughed at her Disney MP3 player because they had all gotten iPods. My heart broke for her broken heart. (Even now, four years later, my throat gets tight and tears push on my eyes).

Do you know what I did? I tried offering words of comfort, tried telling her it didn’t matter what the other girls thought, tried saying the right things to take away her pain . . . but words didn’t help. She didn’t need words. She needed her daddy to just hold her.

And that’s what I did. I kept my mouth shut and just held her.

Folks, when God is silent, He hasn’t left us alone to struggle through our trial. When no words come, I believe that’s when He’s simply holding us close and protecting us with His love. Words aren’t necessary, only His presence.

“Be still and know that I am God.”

How do you handle God’s silence? How do you interpret it?

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2 thoughts on “When God is Silent

  1. Beautiful post, Michael. How we hurt for our hurting children! And God does too.

    I still hurt sometimes over an incident concerning my sons many years ago. We joyously prepared Christmas gifts for three distant little girl cousins, in whose home we were having a family get-together after Christmas. We didn’t usually exchange gifts, but in this case I thought it would be good – kids always love gifts. There was even a gift for me from a niece with whom I always exchanged gifts. But because of our distant relationship with the cousins, there were no gifts for the boys, Lots for the girls because other relatives of theirs were there.

    My boys were stoic. I tried to explain in the car on the way home that the parents of the girls didn’t realize we’d be bringing gifts. Both said they understood – the 12-year-old probably did; the 7-year-old said it was okay, but I know he, who had so much fun wrapping the girls’ gifts, wondered as the many gifts were passed around, when one would come for him.

    I know he’s forgotten the incident, and BTW, he grew up to be a warm, inspiring, empathetic worship leader, now in his 40s.

    Posted by loishudson | March 26, 2012, 2:34 pm
    • Lois, thank you for sharing that. You should ask your son if he remembers the incident. I bet he does. We’ve had similar experiences with our girls. We want to shelter and protect our children as best we can but there are still times when they get hurt and all we can do is hurt with them.

      Posted by michaelkingbooks | March 26, 2012, 3:07 pm

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