Over the years I’ve often heard people say that God is silent. It’s one of those things that church people say that never made much sense to me at all. I’ve always known God as a God who speaks… so why would he choose to be silent?
At one point I even did a dive into scripture to try to find somewhere in the Bible that would back up this idea that maybe, at times God is silent. I found nothing substantial to back it up. In fact, what I found was this…
Psalm 50:3 Our God comes and is not silent.
The same God who spoke the world into being is still speaking today. Over and over throughout the scriptures, chapter after chapter, story after story he is a God who speaks to his people. It is not God’s nature to be silent and mysterious to pull away or make us search for him.
God does not hide, he reveals.
His heart has always been to reveal his character and nature to his people. He has revealed himself through creation, through scriptures, through the Holy Spirit, but the greatest way he ever revealed Himself was through the person of Jesus. He chose to send his son into our world so that we in our humanity we could understand him in a more personal and relatable way. I shared about this in a recent video devotional that you can watch here.
In the middle of the most difficult situations in life, when we are distracted by the chaos and voices around us, it can be difficult to hear God’s voice. But we must be really careful not to assume that because we can’t hear him, he isn’t speaking.
We are in dangerous territory when we allow our condition to determine our beliefs. This can lead to all kinds of weird theologies and beliefs that just are not true. We must learn to settle what we believe first based on the truth of scriptures, and then approach our circumstances in light of that truth. In your current circumstances, you may feel like God is silent, but it’s simply not true. He is always speaking.
So if God does speak, but I’m struggling to hear him, it may help to understand why he speaks to us in the first place. He speaks because he wants to have a relationship with us, and it’s fairly difficult to have an intimate relationship if you don’t speak. Speaking is how we reveal ourselves. It’s how we share our deepest desires, our heartfelt passions and our personality with the people we call friends.
No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all the things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.
Jesus wants to be our friend.
In his book Frequency — Tune in. Hear God, author and pastor Robert Morris says this… “how to hear God’s voice can’t be given in a quick formula. Rather, it arises intrinsically as part of a genuine and ongoing relationship with God. If you want to hear God’s voice, then you must get to know God as a person — and this takes time and intention, much the same as it takes to know any friend.”
It’s amazing to me that the God of the universe, the one I’ve always known as my Savior and Lord also wants to be my friend. He wants to share things with me one on one in private, personal and meaningful relationship and through that relationship teach me everything I need to know to live the life he has called me to live.
If you are struggling to hear God’s voice, here are three incredible books that I highly recommend as resources for you to learn to begin to position yourself to better hear and respond to the voice of God.
Frequency by Robert Morris
Whisper by Mark Batterson
Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer
Brenda Drost is a Pastor and Speaker who is known for her warm smile and passionate preaching style. Whether she is teaching at her home church or out on the road, she loves to bring challenging messages that actually help people live out their faith in the real world. She and her husband live on their farm in the beautiful Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada where they have raised their four children. Find out more about Brenda here.