When God Seems Silent
By Marilynn Chadwick
“What do I do when God seems silent?” The question came from a good friend and a sincere follower of Christ. Her question hit a chord. How do we handle those times when we have prayed and prayed? Perhaps we have even sensed God’s promise to fulfill a hope or dream. But the answer is sooo slow in coming.
I thought back to my own time of “wait training.” In our early years of marriage, David and I looked forward to the day we'd have children. Imagine our dismay when hopes for a baby stretched into six months, a year, two years, and eventually four years – 48 straight months of drugs, surgeries, tests, tests, and more tests. And still no baby.
God did a miracle of healing and we eventually had our daughter and two sons. But the years of waiting proved to be a good time to seek God. Strength came as I rested in God, studied his Word, held fast to his promises... day after day. I learned what Jesus meant when he encouraged believers to abide in him (John 15:5).
I also found surprising comfort as I stepped out of my own pain to serve others. I discovered that if I would step out of my pain and serve someone who was hurting worse than I was, a mysterious joy would spring forth. By seeking God and serving him wholeheartedly, I discovered that my times of waiting actually gave birth to a larger purpose.
Not getting what we want when we want it may also be one of the best tools to sharpen our ability to hear God’s voice. We may even find that our seasons of waiting – those times we thought were barren – can become some of our most fruitful.
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