Finding Faith in the Silence: Trusting God When He Seems Distant

Job 23:3, 8-10

Nothing challenges our faith any more than when God becomes silent and untraceable in our lives!  Doubt, confusion, and terror haunt our thoughts and blur our vision to the point of spiritual paralysis. If you’re here, even though it doesn’t look like it, rest assured that the Son will break through the clouds again one day! One thing that helps us through these seasons is to learn that it is not unusual for God to allow this to happen in our lives, although at first it’s a shocker!

When God behaves in ways we do not expect Him to behave, we become very frightful, unstable, and uncomfortable.  However, even though God is silent and invisible to us at the moment, that does NOT mean He is absent!  Job said, “He hideth Himself on the right hand, that I cannot see Him.”  Has God ever played hide-and-seek with you?  Know this: the ONLY reason God would hide Himself from us is so He can teach us how better to seek Him!  Jesus said, “Seek, and ye shall find!”  The frustrating part is simply not knowing the WHERE and the WHEN!  “WHERE is He?”, you ask?  Job also said, “He knoweth the way that I take...”

Friend, we may not know exactly where He is, but He definitely knows where we are! Though we may not see Him, He IS there!  The next question is WHEN.....WHEN will He reveal Himself again?  WHEN will I hear His voice again?  WHEN will I have confidence in His call on my life again?  When, when, when?  Though we may not know THIS “when”, here is one “when” Job was sure of! “WHEN He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold!”

Find comfort today in knowing that God IS there, and that there IS coming a “when” day in your life, where this season of trials shall pass, and like Job, you shall come forth as gold, purified in the fire, and thereby cleansed, tried, tested and proven for the Master’s work! WHEN that day comes, remember the Word He gave you today to help see you through! Until then, keep on trusting His Word, even WHEN you have nothing else to stand on!   

~ Pastor Gary Caudill
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