If you are just now joining us, we are reading the section Silence Births Vision in the book Graffiti: scribbles from different sides of the street. Download the FREE Graffiti Study and Do guide and jump right in. You can find the introduction here under the Study and Do header tab in the header. We’d love to hear from you!
Is it hard for you to be still and listen for God?
In this lesson we will address how frustrating it is when we long to hear a word from God, but our left feeling empty. It seems that God has gone silent. We squirm. We don’t like it. We long for the peace God’s presence and voice bring.
Do you feel God is silent?
Listen in to this week’s podcast for encouragement and four points you need to consider.
4 Points to Consider When God is Silent
There is much to be learned when God is silent.
1. Make sure you haven’t turned away.
God is always pursuing us. “Come close to God, and He will come close to you.” (James 4:8)
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2. Examine yourself to know if you need correction.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life. (Psalm 139:23, 24)
Know what hinders you from hearing from God.
— sin blocks us from the very presence of God
— busyness keeps us from hearing God
3. God is trying to move you in a new direction.
Luke 5:4-7 This is the story where Jesus asks Simon Peter to let down his nets in a new area. Simon Peter says, “because you say so I will.”
Don’t be so busy doing God’s work your way that you miss when He is trying to redirect you.
God will not speak again until you have done what He has already told you. [You can tweet that here.]
4. You are right where God needs you to be.
You might not hear God’s voice if you are walking in step with Him doing what He has asked you to do.
His voice is sometimes not audible when you are in perfect unity with Him.
What challenges do you face when you feel God is silent? Do you get frustrated?
Don’t let the silence frustrate you, let it propel you to draw closer to God. He longs to birth new vision out of the silence periods.
Our DO assignment for the week challenges us to glance back. Go back through your Graffiti book and Study and Do. Make note of what God has impressed upon your heart. Have you followed through? Let’s tie up those loose ends this week as we conclude our Study and Do.
I can’t wait to hear your stories. I know you will be blessed for “doing” what God has already spoken.
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