A couple of years ago, I was working at a job that I hated. When I say hated, I mean HATED. I was miserable and I constantly cried. I had gotten to a point where I prayed DAILY about God getting me out. I probably didn’t pray about much else during this season in my life. (Terrible)
There was a period where I was just done. I had given up. I prayed and prayed and didn’t feel like God had heard me. I can remember my boss sitting me down in her office. She recognized how discontent I had been and we came up with a plan to transition me out. She gave me 2 months to find another job. In the meantime, I had to work with and train my replacement. I was relieved and stressed all at the same time. I was finally free from a job I HATED, but now the work came to find a new job. So my prayers shifted. I prayed and prayed about finding a new job. I looked for ALL types of jobs, but nothing came of it. I got to the end of my 2-month period and I still got nothing. I heard nothing from God and I didn’t know what to do. He was silent!
Here I was, a single mother with no job. I had to pay rent, pay a car note, pay all the utilities, make sure that we had food to eat and I had no type of direction from God. I had no idea what He would do. I couldn’t find Him. I couldn’t sense Him. I couldn’t hear Him.
But I had to trust Him.
Oft times it’s easy to trust God. We find that we can trust Him because we can figure out what’s next. When we can make sense of the things He asks us to do, trusting Him isn’t such a far reach. Of course, I can trust you to give money to my church because I have a steady paycheck coming in. Easy. When you can perceive what’s next, trust isn’t really trust.
But how do you trust God when you can’t trace Him? During this time when I couldn’t hear God, couldn’t map Him and couldn’t see what to do next, I had to learn a few principles that have helped me time and time again. When you can’t trace God, you can still trust Him. Here are four things that you can do to help you trust God when He seems silent
Read His Promises in the Word
The scriptures are filled with the promises of God. In those times when you don’t hear God and you cannot get any direction from Him, turn to His word. His word tells us that He will never leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8). So in the times when He seems far away, you can rest assured that He is still there. If you need God to heal you, search the scriptures for healing. If you need peace, search the scriptures that give promises of peace. If you need provision, find every instance in the Bible where God said He would provide for His children. The word of God was given to us in order to have something to hold on to. It is the guide for our lives. I’ve learned that there are times when I’ll pray and pray about something and God won’t answer. That’s because He has already provided an answer in His word and I just have to search it out. So often, we want God to do all the work and write it on the wall or to give us a sign, but the fact of the matter is that He gave us His word. He has given us His promises. We have to learn them and get them in our hearts. That way, no matter what happens, we have something to hold on to.
Remember What He Has Done Before
The reason I was able to trust God, even though I was jobless and penniless, is because prior to the job I transitioned from, I didn’t have a job either. I didn’t have a job for three whole months! And in that three months, God provided for me. I never went without food, I didn’t get evicted, I never had utilities turned off, my car wasn’t repossessed. God provided all that I needed. When you take the time to remember the faithfulness that God has shown you, when you remember who He has been to you, even when you can’t figure out what God is doing, you can trust Him. You can trust Him because you know what He’s done. You can trust Him because you know what He is capable of doing. Remember the times when He was there for you when you cried. Remember the times He provided for you when you didn’t have anything. Remember the times when He gave you an idea or a vision and it worked. Remember the times when He gave you strength when you KNEW you were weak. And when you know that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, it gives you the confidence to know that if He did it for you in times past, He can do it for you again. Remembering His goodness makes it easy to trust Him, even when you don’t know what’s next.
The quickest to get God in your midst is to worship Him. We don’t use worship as a tool of manipulation, but it’s something about worship that God is attracted to. Worship is simply telling God who He is. It’s declaring the character of God. It’s declaring the might and the strength and the WORTH of God. The Bible tells us in John 4 that the Father is seeking worship. He is actively looking for those who will worship Him. Instead of complaining and crying and fussing about your situation, worship God. He will show up right where you need Him. In 2 Chronicles 1, Solomon needed something from God. He was set to rule a kingdom of people and Solomon had no clue what to do. He needed wisdom. So Solomon called the leaders together and they worshiped the Lord. And their worship attracted God. He came to Solomon and HE asked Solomon what he wanted. Solomon’s worship was so attractive to God that Solomon didn’t even have to ask God, but God asked Him. When you need God to make Himself manifested, worship Him. He’ll make Himself known to you.
Ask, Seek, Knock
Too often we pray and ask God for things, but when we don’t hear from Him, we stop praying. We give up and give in. But Jesus said in Matthew 7 to ask, seek, and knock. This is a persistent type of prayer. If you can’t trace God, sometimes it’s because He wants you to be more fervent in your seek of Him. He wants you to be tenacious with your prayers. Don’t allow God’s silence to keep you from going hard after Him. I remember a few years ago that God showed me this principle. I was needing something from God and I prayed but I stopped when I didn’t hear from Him. He said to me that some things aren’t on the surface and that you have to go a little deeper to get them. He showed me a cave. In this cave, there were things at the mouth of the cave, but the deeper you went into the cave, the more treasures you were able to discover. If you never press into God a little further, if you are never unrelenting in your prayers, there are some things you will never hear from God.
There are going to be times in your relationship with God that you will feel like He’s nowhere to be found. Times when you feel like He’s not listening to you at all. But in those times, don’t allow doubt, distrust, fear or anything else keep you from trusting Him. When He feels distant, move a little closer. When He seems silent, ask again. When it doesn’t seem possible, remember His mighty acts. Faith is the foundation of trust. Allow Him to grow your faith in Him.
Where in your life do you have a hard time trusting God right now? Do you feel like He’s distant from you? What are some other ways that you’ve learned to trust God even when you can’t trace Him? Leave a comment below and let’s discuss! I want to hear from you!
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