Posted by: missionventureministries | September 28, 2016

GOD ANSWERS PRAYER, AND SOMETIMES GOD IS SILENT – Psalm 83:1

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O God, do not remain quiet; Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still. (Psalm 83:1) 

As believers we have received answers to our prayer as well as God’s silence. 

There are times when we earnestly seek God, but in return only sense His silence. When this happens, silence can be difficult, frustrating and tempt us to doubt. 

The Bible tells the story of a man named Job, who was well acquainted with God’s silence. In his pain and suffering, he cried out to God. He asked for answers, and kept asking, but as we learn from the first 37 chapters of the book of Job, his cries for help and relief were met only by God’s silence. 

Just as with Job, Christians are not always going to hear God’s voice, but we can learn a few practical things to do when God seems silent. 

EXAMINE YOUR LIFE 

We need to begin by asking ourselves the question, is there any un-confessed sin in my life? We need to make sure nothing is blocking us from being able to hear God’s voice. 

Psalm 66:18 says, “If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, my Lord would not have listened.” 

We have to look internally to see if there is any wrong motive. We should ask the Lord to show us if there is anything that needs to be removed or cleansed from our life, and to reveal to us if there is anyone we need to forgive. The question also should be: Is there anything or anyone that I love more than God? 

As God brings things to our mind, we need to quickly ask for His forgiveness, because, repentance pleases God and restores our fellowship with Him. 

ACCEPT GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY 

Like Job, we also face the choice of acknowledging, or rejecting the sovereignty of God. In response to his suffering and loss Job’s wife suggests he curse God and die. Her ungodly advise was actually the voice of Satan speaking thorough her. 

Instead of following her advice, Job chooses to let God be God. “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” he replied (Job 2:10).  

We need to be very careful from whom we get advice. It might sounds spiritual especially coming from “religious people,” but if that advice is not supported by the Word of God, than it is actually the voice of Satan trying to get us to dishonor God by our thoughts and actions. When this happens our response should be like Jesus said: “Get the behind me Satan.” 

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 states: “For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.” 

Accepting God’s sovereignty means to actively trust in Him, realizing that He is in control and that we can always hope in Him. “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him” (Job 13:15). Nothing in Job’s life, or ours, happens apart from God’s knowledge and plan.  

As we learn at the beginning of the Book of Job, God was fully aware of all the things that were about to happen to Job. In fact, He gave Satan permission to do these things in Job’s life; but remember that God was always in control. 

LISTEN TO WHAT GOD IS SAYING 

Although God may seem silent regarding a specific request or petition, we need to remember that He is always present in our life. 

When we are so focused on self, it is possible to overlook an answer that God already has for us. Therefore we need to take time to be alone with Him, and study God’s word to find out what He has to say about the problems we are facing or the questions we are asking. 

As we read the Bible, we need to ask God to speak to us through the Holy Spirit, who lives inside of every born again believer. Often known verses can have new significance in light of current problems that we are facing. 

We must be cautions however not to twist the Scriptures to say what we want them to mean, so that we end up doing things our way, and not God’s way. Remember our heavenly Father has His timing for everything.  

Also, do not let friends, family or so called “religious people” influence you, especially those who refuse to obey Scripture and to let Jesus be the Lord of their lives. 

SILENCE IS GOD’S WAY OF SAYING – WAIT AND TRUST IN ME  

The Gospel of John tells a story about Jesus’ friends Lazarus, Mary and Martha. When Jesus found out that Lazarus was ill, He didn’t rush to his house to heal him. Instead, Jesus stayed where he was for two more days (John 11:6). And before Jesus arrived in Bethany, Lazarus died. 

To Mary and Martha, Lazarus’ sisters, Jesus’ silence could have been interpreted as – Jesus didn’t care or didn’t want to help them. This is how we sometimes might feel when God doesn’t immediately answer our cries for help. 

But, as David wrote: “My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and my glory rest; the rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” (Psalm 62:5-8) 

Just as with David and Job, God’s silence at times proves the depth of our relationship with our heavenly Father, because when He is silent there is a reason, so we pray, wait and trust in Him.

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