Psalm 77:11-12 When God Is Silent

I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds. Psalm 77:11-12

There are times in the lives of people when God is silent. They are going through difficult times that do not seem to end. The world seems to be winning the battle.

At these times, the world likes to say that God does not really exist, or is not really in control. Believers begin to wonder if they really had ever heard God speak before and if the world may be correct. Many will spend hours crying out to God for an answer, lying awake during the night in fear as they cry out to God.

Others will start to blame themselves for God being so silent. They will confess sins and ask to be forgiven on sins that had been confessed a dozen times. They may begin to question whether they are really believers or not.

The psalmist in this passage had some of those same questions. He wondered whether God would reject them forever or not. He questioned whether God had failed in His promises or not. These are the same questions people ask to this day.

However, the psalmist then says that He will remember the deeds and miracles God had done in the past. He will then focus and meditate on those good things.

There will come times in your life when you feel that God has rejected you. God will be silent and appear to be leaving you all on your own. You may be crying out to God for help and appearing to get no answer.

When these times occur, turn your focus on who God is and what He has done. Read the Bible and learn how others had times where God was silent. Learn how there were times when God seemed far away. Yet, God always fulfilled His promises.

God will not reject you. You have to be the one to walk away. During these times, God may be testing you to build your trust in Him higher. If you read the Bible, you know that God will never leave or forsake you, and that He will always fulfill His promises. Now stand on that and meditate on those things that God had done in your life.

God will speak again at the right time.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will trust God is with you; that you will meditate on what God has done for you; and that you will remember all that God has done.

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Psalm 74:9 When God Is Quiet

We are given no signs from God; no prophets are left, and none of us knows how long this will be. Psalm 74:9

Silence is a difficult thing for many people. There are many who can remain silent themselves, but very few can handle silence around them.

When there is a speaker talking to a group of people, and that speaker stops talking for just fifteen seconds, many start to wonder what went wrong. They wonder why he stopped speaking. Yet, it was only for a few seconds.

This is a common thing for churches. When a pastor stops speaking for a few seconds, many start praying, thinking he lost his way or notes, when it could have been intentional.

People like to keep hearing what is going on. They want to see signs that things are still moving forward. In the same way, when a person is driving down on a long road trip, he wants to see signs that he is getting closer to his destination and is still on the right road.

In the life of a believer, there will be times when God is silent. He will not speak out loud to a person. During those times, many wonder if God has left them and how long God will remain silent. The devil may place thoughts in the mind that God no longer cares about the person.

There may be times when you are feeling like that. You may be going through a time where God is silent right now. Just like with the psalmist in this passage, you must remember what God has done in the past, both for you and for others.

Unless you have totally rejected God, He has not left you. He may be silent, but He is still right by your side. Jesus said that He would never leave you.

Continue to do what God had last told you to do. Give God praise that He is still in control and by your side, though you do not feel or hear Him. When the time is right, God will move you on. There were times God was silent with the Israelites, and He will be silent with you.

Are you trusting God?

Are you waiting on God to move?

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will know God’s will for your life; that you will trust God when He is silent; and that you will remember all that God has done for you in your past.

Psalm 22:1-2 Feeling Alone

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest. Psalm 22:1-2

David had been crying out to God for deliverance from all of his enemies. As he cried out, he felt as though God was silent and would not answer him. The feeling was to the level of feeling like God had abandoned him. Later in this psalm, David says he will still proclaim God’s righteousness and continue to trust in Him. These are the same words that Jesus proclaimed several thousand years later as He was dying on the cross.

As people go throughout their life, there are times when they feel as though they are completely on their own, and that no one else cares. This often occurs while they are surrounded by a lot of people. There does not seem to be a connection with anyone. Many will commit suicide because they feel so alone and helpless.

Believers can feel the same way at times. They may be going through an extremely difficult time and are crying out to God day and night, with no answer. God is silent and does not appear to care.

It is not that God does not care, but that it is not time for Him to act or speak. God is still in control of everything that is happening. You must continue to trust that God knows what He is doing. Trust that God is righteous and will do nothing wrong.

Instead of focusing on the problems you are facing and that God is not answering them, focus on how good God is. Focus on telling others what Jesus has done for you and can do for them. Focus back on what God has done in the past.

As you do these things, you will be trusting God and giving God the glory and praise. Complaining will not do anything, trust will allow everything.

Even though you may feel alone, Jesus will never leave or forsake you. He is still right by your side at all times, even in your darkest hours of life.

I pray today that you will know the presence of God in your life; that you will trust God when you can’t feel Him; that God will fill you with His peace; and that you will proclaim God’s goodness to everyone.