Waiting on God can be difficult in this era of microwaves and instant messaging. Sometimes it seems like I am in one long line, awaiting my turn for God’s attention. I realize this is not how God works, but it is the way I often feel. I watch others get what they ask for; I see God do great things in their lives; but I continue to wait for his hand to move in numerous situations. When God’s silence lingers, I want to say, “Are you even listening to me?”
Such thoughts reveal my lack of faith. I am much like the nation of Israel as it marched through the desert toward the land that God had promised them. When they faced hunger and thirst, they forgot all the miraculous acts he had already performed. Instead of turning to God to meet their needs, they murmured and complained–over and over and over!
Rather than accuse God of turning a deaf ear to my pleas, I should trust his love and care. When faced with his silences, I need to remember the untold numbers of times that he has proven his faithfulness to me. I must believe that he is working in my circumstances, even when I cannot see what he is doing. “Faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we cannot see” (Heb. 11:1). I know these things intellectually, but I don’t always feel them emotionally. As a result, I get restless and weary and fail to enjoy the peace that passes all understanding, which comes from God alone.
Recently God has been silent about many of my concerns, forcing me to learn to wait. Only by spending much time with him in my own silence do I enjoy peace and contentment. The place of solitude is where he imparts faith and wisdom for the journey, reminding me of his power and faithfulness. In the absence of busyness and noise I am able to experience his presence and trust that his unseen hand is moving in my situations. I still deal with impatience, but now I know a better way to handle it—sitting still and quiet in the arms of our almighty and loving God.
What have you learned in the midst of God’s silences?