Have you ever been through a time in your life when it seemed that God was silent? You cried out to Him, but heard no response. You wanted to hear from God, but heard nothing. You waited on God, but He never seemed to show up. You felt forsaken, abandoned, alone, and confused.
How are we to respond when it seems that God is silent?
You can be encouraged by the fact that you are not the only person who has ever felt this way. Many people in the Bible expressed this same feeling. The good news is that much can be learned from how they responded.
One such person is David. In Psalm 22 we see a little of what David is facing in his life. In verses 1-2 David states,
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest.
So how did David respond when he felt that God was silent?
1- David confirmed God’s holiness
Vs. 3- Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.
Think about the focus, understanding, and trust in God that David had. He understood that no matter what happens, God never changes. No matter what God allows me to go through, He remains unchanged. His character is always the same. Even when He doesn’t answer my cries, He is holy.
Your situation may be volatile, but who God is isn’t. Your emotions and feelings may be up and down, but God is steady. You can hold on to Him.
2- David remembered God’s past deliverance
Vs. 4-5- In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
It’s like David stopped and reminded God of the fact that people in the past have cried out to Him and He heard them. “I know you are there. I know you hear me. I know you can deliver. You are a God of deliverance. You are a God of answers. You are a God of love. You are a God of compassion.”
Remember God’s past deliverance. We can look back throughout our lives and see God’s deliverance. We can talk to other Christians and hear of God’s deliverance. We can look in the pages of Scripture and see God at work. This provides hope.
3- David was honest with God about his situation and his feelings
Vs. 6-8- But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads; “He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”
David is telling God the seriousness of the situation. He is telling Him what is taking place, and that the mockery is not fun. We can be honest with God about our situation. Pour your heart out to God.
4- David remembered God’s faithfulness
Vs. 9-10- Yet you are he who took me from the womb; you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts. On you was I cast from my birth, and from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
David is acknowledging the fact that God has been there all along. He recognizes that without God he would not have life. He says God has been his God from his mothers womb. God is faithful. No matter who around you is unfaithful, God is always faithful.
5- David continued to call out to God
Vs. 20-21- Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dog! Save me from the mouth of the lion!
Even after he cried out to God and did not hear anything back, he still turned to God. Don’t get discouraged. Don’t get frustrated. Don’t give up. Keep God as your focus. Still turn to God. Still cry out to Him. Be faithful and continue to call out to Him.
Two Wonderful Truths
Why would David continue to call out to God, even when God had not answered him? There are two things I believe David understood that we need to understand.
God’s silence does not indicate that He is not listening. Just because God is not speaking to you does not mean that He is not listening to you. God hears the prayers of His people.
God’s silence does not indicate inactivity. Just because God is not speaking it does not mean that He is not working. God is always at work. It might not be on your time table or on your schedule, but God is at work.
No matter how silent God is, you must understand that God is listening and that God is working. You can trust Him.
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