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Job 30:20 NLT
20 “I cry to you, O God, but you don’t answer. I stand before you, but you don’t even look.
Job
Sometimes God shows up in power and answers our prayers and strengthens our faith
We see great things happen and we rejoice
Other times we are in chaos and often left feeling shattered with unrelenting darkness leaving us tired and exhausted and feeling as if God is silent
I have been there this week - Calling out Hello and hearing nothing
Feeling alone in this and God placed some others in my life this week that were wondering the same - why is God being silent.
I know that as a pastor I feel I need the answer to this and yet I didnt have one
There are those in our world who tell us that the reason that God seems silent is because he is simply not there or not real
Sometimes we even feel like believing it
Mother Theresa
We are not alone though because as we look at scripture
Job 30:20 NLT
20 “I cry to you, O God, but you don’t answer. I stand before you, but you don’t even look.
Read all of Job it is devastating and will be helpful during your hard times
Psalm 22:1–2 NLT
1 My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? 2 Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer. Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief.
I decided to google about God in the silence because surely there are many people who have experienced God’s silence
One article challenged us to step back and take time to realize that existence is still here and it screams God
Romans 1:20 NLT
20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
When we look around and see all creation we see God at work
Crystal watches a movie I have not been able to really get in to Sound of Music - but she sings “nothing comes from nothing, nothing ever could”
Acts 17:28 NLT
28 For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
Hebrews 13:5 NLT
5 Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”
Hebrews 13:
The very breathe in our lungs are from him, our feet to walk our tongue to talk and some have more than others (haha)
Hebrews 13:5 NLT
5 Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”
Acts 17:28 NLT
28 For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
Just because we don’t feel or see something doesn't mean that it is not there
Often how we perceive things are not always as they are
And often we hold on to what we perceive or interpret
When it comes to faith, faith requires us to move away from what we interpret and hold on to the promises
deuteronomy
Deuteronomy 31:6 NLT
6 So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
God’s promise to Joshua and his promise to us is that her will not abandon us which is confirmation that he is with us even when he is silent.
We feel he is not there scripture tell us he will not leave us
Questions I found that made me think
Why does absence make the heart grow fonder
Why is water so much more refreshing when we are really thirsty
Why are we seldom satisfied with what we have, we long for more or different
Why do people who seem to suffer seem more joyful than those who have it all (reliance on God?)
Deprivation draws out desire
Matthew 5:
Matthew 5:4 NLT
4 God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
In mourning we know Joy
Luke 11:1–13 NLT
1 Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” 2 Jesus said, “This is how you should pray: “Father, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. 3 Give us each day the food we need, 4 and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation.” 5 Then, teaching them more about prayer, he used this story: “Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, 6 ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’ 7 And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can’t help you.’ 8 But I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence. 9 “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 “You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? 12 Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! 13 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”
Luke 11:9 NLT
9 “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
Longing makes us ask and persistent
So you sill feel stuck in the dessert
God Speaks through his word and through others
Psalm 23:4 NLT
4 Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
The desert awakens our need for him and draws us to the well - where Jesus gives us living water
When we turn to the word of God we see that it is the greatest love story and so when we feel that he is silent if we stand back look at creation and open the scriptures to know he is with us and that he is in control - sovereign over us we learn that whenever someone trusted him in the silence he was faithful in his time and in his way to show up
Don’t pretend like he is not silent out of shame - tell someone
Don’t Ignore the silence
Confess your sins
God back to the basics
Choose to follow
Trust
Listen and watch more closely
Dont Give Up
Be ready to receive

I believe in the sun, even when it's not shining. I believe in love, even when I don't feel it. I believe in God, even when He is silent.

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