Have you ever felt that God is silent? Did you feel guilty because you cannot feel the presence of God? In this time of the pandemic, many have this feelings. This may cause anxiety, and even a panic attack.
What then should we do if we feel that God is silent? What does the Bible say about this?
First, acknowledge your feelings, and be assured that people during Biblical times also felt this way.
In the Bible, there are many stories about the silence of God. There are psalms that pleads that God should not remain silent, and will listen to their cries. For example, Psalm 83:1 says, “O God, do not remain silent; do not turn a deaf ear, do not stand aloof, O God.”
Like the psalmists in the Old Testament, let us cry out to God. Let us voice out our feelings because if we will not let it out, it will continue to simmer inside and might explode with dire consequences.
Second, have faith that in due time, God will reveal something to you.
In the Bible, God did not remain silent but will find a way to reveal Himself. In Isaiah 42:14 God said, “For a long time I have kept silent, I have been quiet and held myself back. But now, like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp and pant.”
God, after His silence, made an action and He made it known to them His plans. God further said in Isaiah 42:16, “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.”
This event tells us that God listens to prayers, and although you may feel that He is silent as of the moment, He is there and will reveal Himself in His own time.
May God bless us all!
Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on
Director, Office of Communications