When it seems like God is silent, the natural question is why? Is He mad? Have I done something to separate us? Will I ever hear Him again? The truth is, God is never silent. He just speaks softly, but the enemy tries to shout louder. The enemy’s accusing voice attempts to create regret, worry, fear, and a sense of loneliness. What’s needed in this moment is faith. Faith enables us to know with confidence that God is with us. But when the noise of our circumstances is louder than the whisper of God’s voice, how can we ensure we are doing what God wants and tackle the insecurity created by the enemy’s attack? Here are four things we can do:

  1. Stand on God’s Word.
    Stand firm in your commitment to Him. Recite Proverbs 18:10 (ESV), “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” His Word is true, so stand on it. Don’t allow any voice—yours or the enemy’s—to convince you to run away from God when you can’t hear Him. 
     
  2. Run to a buddy for support.
    When Navy SEALs are dropped behind enemy lines, there are three questions they ask themselves: Where am I? Where is the enemy? Where is my buddy? Everyone needs a trusted, godly friend—a buddy—to lean upon in times of trouble and confusion. Don’t have one? Get one! Joining a Gateway Group is a great way to build relationships.
     
  3. Supplement your faith.
    When you are not strong enough, when you know what God’s Word says but still doubt, or when you can believe it for others but are having trouble believing it for yourself, you need to borrow some faith to overcome your unbelief. That means admitting your weakness and asking for help. Do what the father did in Mark 9:23–24. Jesus told him all things are possible for those who believe, and he responded, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
     
  4. Stay the course.
    Continue doing the last thing God told you to do. Let these qualities be found in all your responses: diligence—give your very best effort and don’t take shortcuts; faithfulness—remain obedient to His assignment and command; and commitment—no matter what, look to God. The Apostle Paul said it this way in 1 Corinthians 15:58 (ESV): “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

When it seems that God is silent, know for sure He is not silent; He is speaking ever so softly. When the noise around you is louder than the softness of His voice, these four responses will help you keep your perspective until the noise of the situation dies down and the voice of the Lord becomes clear to you! 

 

This month’s Ask a Pastor is written by Tom Lane, lead executive senior pastor/Dallas Campus pastor.

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