When God goes silent

Us humans are a funny bunch as we try so hard to do everything ourselves. Even the Christians among us who have someone, Jesus Christ, who has promised that we should never have to labour too hard, and that we should trust Him and put Him first and stop worry, stressing and trying to do it all ourselves still try and do it ourselves. It is human nature I suppose to prove that we can do it out ourselves and then shout “Look what I have done”, and as a Christian this is wrong. But when we need Jesus Christ most, God goes silent.
Trusting in God to come through can be a challenge. When promises made by others are not fulfilled, when finance is at its lowest, when cancer or other illness sets in and it all gets too much and it seems that God is far away He is actually up to something and He is closer than He ever has been or can be. But we choose to put the world first not Him and thus stress and worry kick in when in reality we should be leaping with joy and praising him during the storm. We don’t understand the silence.
Things do seem to go very quiet from God when we are in the midst of a problem, for some reason we cannot focus on Him because despite the fact we know Him and Trust Him He just does not seem to be doing and all because we are doing what we are doing or not. God is a God of doing, he never stops and yet in a storm we can so easily forget that and even pastors do because at the end of the day they are human too.
These trials will come and they are, and the Bible tells us so, sent to test and grow our faith. James 1: 2-4 confirms this “2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (NIV) the challenge should be seen as joy. Finding the strength to praise God is often the struggle but just turning to him for a moment breaks Satan’s hold and breakthrough begins and yet God gives us the opportunity to call him and we can’t see it or hear it.
The trials are one thing but then we cannot hear God when we need him most it becomes tougher and more frustrating still. God goes silent and often many people will say that He is up to something and indeed He is, he is always “up to something”. But when He goes quiet it is because He wants us to draw close to Him. The Bible has plenty of stories about God being silent. Job could not hear from God, God went silent. As Abraham prepared to sacrifice Isaac God went Silent. There is no record at all that while Joseph was in prison that God spoke to him, God was silent when Joseph needed him most.
God’s silence when the storm is brewing is perhaps the most valuable and rewarding thing for a Christian. We can’t do it all ourselves, we will get frustrated and God going quiet on us may seem like he doesn’t care. In fact the opposite is true, God cares so much that he wants us to turn to him. He is quiet because it is our turn to speak not His. He has the situation under control, as a faithful Christian we are taught to believe that, and God simply wants us to talk to him and allow him to take control, not just part control but full control. As with our own father on earth he cannot help us unless we speak up, how many children sniffle through their tears and when daddy goes quiet open up and talk? The same is true with God, our Heavenly father.
The silence of God means He is up to something but for that something to be fulfilled he needs us to trust him and talk to him, the silence means it is our turn to talk.
Matt Newnham is a Christian, Author, Writer and Speaker. He is a single father and lives in Cape Town, South Africa. Matt is passionate about life. Matt is the author of Space Ranger Fred, a series of children’s books with Christian principles. Follow Matt on Twitter @MattNewnhamZA and on his Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/mattwjnewnham