When God is silent, do not fall for the temptation to give up because God is saying a lot. You just can’t hear it in words—it is discerned in the spirit. What God has to say to you is life-changing, but you must be willing to lend your ear to hear it.

We all experienced the silent treatment or have been ignored before by someone. Well, we don’t know this is the case until we discover that the silence is intentional. When it’s intended, there is a vital purpose behind it. When you realize a plan is involved, you reach the realization much is being communicated.

If you missed WHY IS GOD SO SILENT, last week, I said this, “Soulful, I’ve come to realize God being mute is a huge part of our growth. It is at these times when He’s revealing our level of faith to us.”

If you belong to God and aren’t hearing Him speak:

  1. You may not be spending enough time getting to know what He’s saying through His Word
  2. Perhaps your daily routine doesn’t include time for Him at all
  3. When you pray, you never take the time to be silent and listen for His voice
  4. You are uncertain as to if it was really God that you heard, so you ignore it
  5. He’s not communicating in a way that you expect to hear
  6. You’re spiritually out of alignment (possibly dealing with unforgiveness or unconfessed sin)
  7. You are obedient and in God’s will, but He wants you to learn something fresh in a new way
  8. You are in the middle of a test or trial

Whatever the case, this list can be endless as He does not want you to feel uncertain and dejected. Therefore, continue to pursue Him and don’t give up until you get the word from God that you are after.

Once you get that word—protect it. Hold on to your faith in Him and refuse to allow the enemy to block you from receiving what God has for you.

Last week I also shared how God is quiet when we are taking tests (which is #8 in the list above). This fact should be comforting. Why you say? Because it means that He wants to enlarge your territory—He wants to advance you.

When we advance in this world, we’re excited aren’t we?

We throw celebrations and events. We buy gifts and shout it to everyone that will listen. It’s this way because there is much joy in advancement. It’s a sign of accomplishment and achievement.

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Advancement is a stamp of approval and a sign of moving into a new realm of work, salary, status, etc.

We feel relieved when we pass tests. The sacrifice, time dedication, preparation, focus, study, sleepless nights, financial investment, and discipline has finally paid off.

Not to mention, the strain that this process may have had on your family and friends. Regardless of those hard times, there is nothing that compares to APPROVAL, COMPLETION, and ADVANCEMENT. When that struggle is gone, you don’t even think about it anymore. The joy of accomplishing the goal far outweighs those tests and storms.

It should be this way when we are up against God’s quietness. We are to treat the time of testing very seriously. If we are out of alignment with Him it’s time to look at getting straightened out.

Psalm 66:10-12 NIV says, For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs.  You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.

The Psalmist was reflecting on how God purged His people to become refined like silver.  Songs of joy came from their testing, trials, and deliverance. They didn’t dwell on the challenges. The end reflected God’s deliverance power. This is so beautiful. When God advances you, you will shout with joy! You too will have a new song to sing.

Hebrews 2:17-18 NIV says, For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Jesus was fully human and God at the same time. Yet He still had to be tempted and suffer. Nonetheless, we must endure the same. There is absolutely nobody on this planet that will escape tests and trials. But notice how Jesus kept His eye on the vision. He never took His focus off the end goal. He had to go to the cross. That was a part of the plan. So fight the urge to give up, get angry, and fall into temptation.

Because of His obedience in passing the test, we’re able to reap the benefits of this victory.

See, there are always benefits and rewards that accompany advancement. Due to Christ’s advancement we are now partakers in His accomplishments. We must look at our tests the same. When we win and advance, others will benefit too.

Don’t take the long way like the Israelites. They took 40 years to complete a 40-day journey. If you are being tested—pass the test. It’s painful to keep repeating the same tests over-and-over. If you aren’t in right standing with God and you have a lot in the way that does not please Him, remove it because God wants to take you higher.

If you were seventeen years old in the fifth grade, would you like that? I’m sure you wouldn’t. That’s why we must take tests and quietness from our Lord sincere.

Study the life of Jesus Christ to know about advancement and moving forward in silence. Amazing work is accomplished in quietness.

Soul Actions:

Reflect on obedience and doing what you know to do and do it.

Stay in constant communication with God through prayer and reading His Word. Be aware of distractions, feelings of hopelessness, anger, and discouragement. These feelings will not help you to pass the tests. They make you feel better sometimes, for a moment, but they don’t make the problem disappear.

Soul Note: Vow to stay the course. I know it’s easier said than done, but if Jesus, in His humanity was tempted of the devil for 40 days and nights—the Holy Spirit’s resurrection power proves that you have the power to overcome.

What about you, are you currently in a season and are not hearing God clear or not hearing Him at all? Leave a comment below describing this. Also, we ask that you share this post with two friends that may benefit. Thanks for reading and sharing.

 

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