Job 23:3 Sometimes God Is Silent

Guy at sunset

If only I knew where to find him; if only I could go to his dwelling! Job 23:3 

Finding someone who does not want to be found can often be very difficult. It is easy for a person to hide in this world. This is even with the high technology of tracing someone through cell phones or credit cards. If one really wants to hide, it is possible.

There are times when some people want to just be alone. They go into hiding in various ways. Often stopping the normal things that they do. Other times they move to a new location to bring on anonymity.

Job had the problem of trying to find God in everything that was occurring in his life. Everywhere he searched, he was unable to find God. He wanted to talk with God about what has happening. Yet, during all of this God was silent and staying hidden, out of sight.

God is outside man’s physical realm of seeing, touching or hearing. With this being the case, if He does not want to be found, no one will be able to find Him.

There are times when God is silent. He chooses not to speak or reveal Himself openly. This usually occurs during a time of testing. He is testing someone to see how faithful he is to Him and how much he trusts Him.

As a believer is going through a harsh testing, God is standing back and watching what will happen. Too often, a person gives up on God, because he does not understand what is happening and loses faith in God. He no longer fully trusts God.

If a person holds on to what he knows about God, he will realize that God is faithful and will always be there, even when not seen or felt. God will not and cannot go back on His promises.

Just as Job held on to his faith in God, you must also hold on to your faith in God when going through a difficult time. God may be silent, but that is when He has His eyes on you and is proving how you will react to your situation.

Do not give up your faith in Him, but know that despite how it looks or feels, God is right there by your side. He will never leave or forsake you, though He may be silent for a time. Keep searching for Him and He will be found in the right time.

I pray today that you will have a personal relationship with God; that you will know His promises to you; that you will trust God in every situation; and that you will hear God’s voice every day.

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1 Kings 19:9 Running In Fear

Running in fear

There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the LORD came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:9 

Fear is something that grips most people at some point or another. It does not matter who the person is, there is usually something that they are afraid of. How each person deals with the fear is also very different from person to person.

When there is fear, there is usually the feeling that something very bad is about to happen. It could be something physical or emotional, but either way it will be bad, or at least expected to be very bad. As this happens, most people try to run from what they fear. They do not want to have anything bad happen.

During a miraculous display of God’s power, Elijah brought the drought to an end. When that occurred, the queen of Israel vowed to kill Elijah. He ran away. Up on a mountain, God came to him and asked him why he was there. Elijah basically said that he feared for his life.

Knowing God and His great power, love and mercy, one should never have to fear. Elijah had known the great power of God personally. He saw God work in ways most people had never seen. Yet, when threatened, he ran in fear.

Every believer has a power living in them that the world cannot overcome. There is no reason to fear. The worst that can happen to a person is death, which then becomes the best thing, because they are then in heaven with God for eternity.

Many believers, however, run in fear of the pain or suffering that may occur in the process. When they run in fear, often they run out of God’s will. God will then ask why they are where they are.

God can be asking you why you are where you are right now. Are you located in the center of His will and desires?

Or are you running in fear from something?

Know that God is the one who is in absolute control. You have nothing to fear. Even if you were the last believer on the earth, God is still with you and in control. And you will not be the last believer on this earth. There are believers every where in this world.

The enemy may be out to kill you, but God is still on your side. Trust Him today and don’t run in fear.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s control and power; that you will not run in fear; that you will always run to God; and that you will trust God in every situation.

1 Samuel 3:6 Hearing God’s Voice

Rabbit listening

Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” 1 Samuel 3:6 

Everywhere a person goes, he hears voices. People are always talking or they are playing some thing on a radio. There are voices everywhere, saying everything.

Recognizing one voice out of all the voices can be difficult, unless one really knows that voice very well. Moms are often able to pick out their child’s cry or call among a room full of children. Despite all the noise around them, they know their child’s voice.

Samuel had began to hear a voice in the night calling to him. He did not recognize the voice and ran to Eli thinking he called him. Yet, it was not Eli who had called him. The voice was that of God’s voice. God had began to call Samuel to begin working in and through him.

With all the talking going on in this world, people are quick to listen to many of the voices around them. There are times God will begin to call them, but they do not recognize His voice. They believe that other people are being the voice of God and follow that person, rather than God.

Believers have often fallen into the trap of this world, by listening to the voices of this world, rather than listening to God. Some churches are promoting sin and the people agree to it, because they do not recognize the voice of God.

The only way a believer can begin to recognize the voice of God is to listen to Him and pay attention. They need to learn to hear His voice and what He is saying. This begins with tuning out the noise around them and focusing on God.

As a believer, you need to know God’s voice in your life. God is speaking and wants to tell you things. He is a polite God and does not shout, but speaks with a still, calm and quiet voice.

Slow down your life and tune out the world, so you may hear and know His voice. Stay in His word so you may know how God speaks, then listen for Him. God wants to tell you what is on His mind for you. Be willing to hear what He has to say.

I pray today that you will know God’s voice; that you will listen for God to speak into your life; that you will not fear what God has to say; and that you will not be distracted from hearing God by the noise of this world. 

1 Thessalonians 5:19 Don’t Quench The Holy Spirit

Flowing water

Do not quench the Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5:19

All over the world people are seeking for wisdom, guidance and comfort. The variety of ways that they are searching for these things is endless. Some will seek others or books, while others search inside themselves, and yet others will seek for spirits to guide them.

The majority of people in the world like to follow their conscience in knowing how to deal with something. They listen to their conscience and choose a path or action that they feel is the best for themselves. People are constantly told to follow their heart.

Yet, to follow the heart has led this world to where it is today, fallen and in sin. Eve followed her heart and she and Adam were kicked out of the perfect place with eternal life to live in a fallen world of sin.

God did not leave the believer without guidance, He provided for the believer. As Jesus was getting ready to leave the earth, He stated that He would send His Holy Spirit to every believer. The Holy Spirit was sent to comfort and guide believers on their walk with God.

For the believer, the Holy Spirit is that small voice inside of a person telling him what to do, not do, say, and not say. He is guiding the believer in every step of His life, to live a holy, pure life for God.

However, many believers do not listen to what the Holy Spirit is telling them. They ignore the Holy Spirit telling them to turn from a sin, to flee a temptation that is rising. They ignore the Holy Spirit nudging them to tell someone about Jesus. They ignore the Holy Spirit striving to give them wisdom and direction in choices to be made. In these ways, the believer is quenching the Holy Spirit.

This quenching is silencing the voice of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. It is putting out the Holy Spirit as water puts out a fire.

Keep your spiritual heart and ears open to what the Holy Spirit is telling you. Do not silence His voice in your life.

Through the Holy Spirit God will guide you in and through every situation in your life. He will steer you on the right path of righteousness for God, keeping you from sin.

Are you listening to what the Holy Spirit is telling you today?

I pray today that you will hear the Holy Spirit speaking to you; that you will allow God to guide your every step, word and action; that you will not silence God’s words to you; and that you will live by faith in what God tells you.

Absent-Minded Listening

Not Really Listening

A few days ago I was driving to a location about three hours away. While driving I had started out listening to a good Christian radio station. After a while I had lost the station and did not feel like slowly searching through the stations to find another good station to listen too.

I decided to pull over for a moment and search for a sermon to listen to online on my phone. I had found a couple that looked like they could be good to listen to, so I started playing one of them while driving.

The first sermon I listened to, I could remember what it was about afterwards. The second sermon, by the same person, after listening to it, I realized I could not remember much about it.

Car Radio

As I though about why I could not remember it, I started to realize that I was driving down the road I could hear the sermon, but my mind was not on it. My mind was thinking about other things. Thinking about things that I was seeing on the road, thinking about things that need to happen, thinking about the job, thinking about the future of things in my life, and thinking about things that had happened.

Later on I thought about what had occurred that day with listening to those sermons and how I listen in life many times. It is easy to let the mind wander around when doing something or listening to something. This causes a person to just be going through the motions of listening, but is not really listening. The ears are hearing, but the heart and mind are not hearing.

Hearing like this can occur a lot in the life of a person. On Sunday mornings, how many times does a person “hear” the sermon, but really does not hear it? He cannot remember what was talked about, he was listening with an absent mind. His thoughts are on something different.

Husbands are often guilty of this type of listening with their wives. I know I am guilty of this at times. My wife will tell me something as I am doing something else or just sitting there, but my mind is not there. Later I will ask again about that subject and she will tell me that she already told me, but I will not remember. I had heard it, but did not really hear it.

Man Not Listening

Parents can also be guilty of this with children and children with parents. Many times things are said that later a person says he never heard said. Children tell parents of their day at school, but the parent really does not hear what was said. Or the parent tells the child to do some chore, and later the child says he never heard it said.

This can also happen very easily when a person is reading the bible. Reading the words and hearing what they say are two different things. God has plenty to say in the bible, if we are just willing to listen to it as we read it.

God is also willing to speak into our lives. How many times do we pray to God for an answer to a question we have, but then do not listen to what God tells us? Sometimes it is that we do not like His answer. Other times we are not really listening for God’s voice.

We are busy searching for an answer or busy doing things in this life, so that we do not hear what God is saying. Then when He gives an answer we do not really hear it and forget it almost immediately or dismiss it as not of God.

As a believer we need to be in tune to what God is saying at all times. God spoke to Elijah in a still quiet voice on the mountain. He does not like to shout and holler His answers to us.

God Speaks In a Quiet Voice

God will speak through other people, children, creation, books, songs, and any other media. You may hear something stated in a movie, a movie that has nothing to do with God, but it speaks a truth of God, or a lie of the devil. He could be pointing out a change that must be made in your life through something you hear or see.

He loves to remind us of His love for us through creation, tells us there is hope of a new day seeing the sunrise. Reminder of provision through seeing a bird that He provides for. Clothing is provided through seeing the plants of the field. How great He is through the stars at night. His majesty through the mountains. Being fishers of men in seeing fish. And the list goes on forever.

Mountain Scene

He may also speak to you to reach out to someone who is in your path. Or to go off your path to reach out to someone.

However, in all of these ways, you must be actively listening. Too often we listen absent-mindedly. Hearing, but not really hearing what is being said. That is when we get discouraged or scared, because we are not hearing what He has to say.

I pray that in the days to come you will be an active listener of God. Seek to hear what He is saying at all times. You will be amazed at how much God is saying, if you are really listening and will apply to your life what He is saying.

Ezekiel 4:4 Doing What Seems Crazy

“Then lie on your left side and put the sin of the people of Israel upon yourself. You are to bear their sin for the number of days you lie on your side.” Ezekiel 4:4

As God was getting ready to destroy Jerusalem and place all the people into exile, He sent various prophets to warn the people. Ezekiel was one who brought the message of the coming destruction to the people. One of the ways God wanted to show that message was by having Ezekiel lie on his side on the ground for 390 days and bear the sins of the people. Reading later it shows in the same chapter that after this event, he had to roll over and lie for another forty days.

There are times when God has a person do something that seems crazy. For the person, it may seem insane to do what God has asked him to do. God asked Moses to go before Pharaoh to ask him to release the slaves. He asked Moses to cross a sea on foot. He asked Jeremiah to defy the king. He asked John to step out of a boat and walk on water. He asked Jesus to die on the cross.

Each and everything God has asked a person to do was for a purpose. That purpose was greater than the pain, suffering or fear that person might have had in doing it. His goal is to build His kingdom and restore all people to Him.

God may one day ask you to do something that seems crazy. It may go against the norm of most people, including believers. It may be life threatening. It may be painful.

What God may ask of you, may not be the same as what Ezekiel had to do, in fact, read the Bible and very few people did the same exact crazy thing twice. However, it may be crazy by today’s normal standards, or just crazy for you. It could be just be willing to take a hard stand for Jesus; telling someone about Jesus; going into an area to be a witness that is dangerous; quitting a good paying job to do another work for God in a different place; and the list goes on.

Will you be willing to do whatever God asks of you, regardless of how crazy it seems?

Or would you reject God’s request?

I pray today that God will show you what He wants you to do; that He will give you strength to do the work; that love for God and His people will be strong enough for you to do what God wants; and that you will work to build God’s kingdom each day.