God’s Silent Seasons
“O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.”
There are seasons in life when it seems that God is silent in your life. It is in these seasons when your faith is tried, and your trust in God’s providence is tested. However, it is in these times when God finds out your heart and true desires for life.
It is easy to follow the LORD when it seems that He quickly responds to your prayers. It is easy to follow the LORD when His blessings seem to be about you. However, the truest test of your Christianity is what you do when God seems to be silent.
The psalmist found himself in one of those seasons in life when God seemed to be silent. The psalmist says in the verse above, “…I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not: and in the night season, and am not silent.” The psalmist wasn’t just praying in the day, but he also cried to God in the night trying to get His attention, but it seemed his prayers were to no avail. The rest of the psalm reveals what the psalmist prescribes to do when God seems to be silent. Let me point out to you several actions you must take when it seems that God is silent in your life.
First, when God is silent, remember that He is holy. Verse 3 says, “But thou art holy…” In other words, you must acknowledge that whatever God is doing in your life is the right thing. It is hard to acknowledge this when it seems that God is silent, but you mustn’t doubt God’s sovereignty and providential hand when He seems to be silent.
Second, continue soul winning when God is silent. Verse 22 says, “I will declare thy name unto my brethren…” One of the greatest encouragements you will find in the Christian walk is soul winning. Soul winning has a way of forcing you to take your eyes off yourself and to place them on others, which is the best remedy for self-pity. When you think that God is silent in your life, you tend to start feeling sorry for yourself, and the only way to get yourself out of that self-focused condition is to go tell others about Jesus.
Third, continue doing right when God is silent. Verse 22 says, “…fear the LORD…” Going to the world won’t make God answer your prayers any more quickly. Continue doing right is the best way to get God’s attention. Don’t let God’s silent seasons in your life become sin seasons. If it is right to serve God when His answers are prevalent, it is right to serve God when His voice seems to be silent.
Fourth, continue praising God in the silent seasons. The psalmist continues to tell the believer to “praise him” and “glorify him.” You may not have anything in the present to praise and glorify the LORD about, but God’s history in your life gives you plenty of things for which to praise and glorify Him. Praising and glorifying the LORD for His past works will have a way of reminding you that His silence will end.
Fifth, when God is silent, stay in your spiritual routines. Verse 25 says, “…I will pay my vows…” The psalmist is simply pointing out that he was not going to stop doing what he had always done. My friend, continuing your spiritual and daily routines when God is silent is the best answer to God’s silent seasons. If you want to get out of God’s silent season and see His blessings fall on you again, you must continue doing right.