Hope in the Silence
Written by: Amanda Biro
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“For you are God, my only safe haven. Why have you tossed me aside? Why must I wander around in grief, oppressed by my enemies? Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me. Let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you live.”
- Psalm 43:2-3
Have you ever felt like God was ignoring you? Or that He had abandoned you? If you’ve been there, you are not alone. I know that I have been through many seasons where God’s silence or “not yet” has felt extremely disheartening. It can be challenging to feel like He’s present when you are not hearing His voice. It can be difficult to find any hope when we feel like we are waiting forever.
This isn’t just a problem that people face today. The years between the Old and New Testaments are often referred to as the “silent years” or the “400 years of waiting.” This was a time where many historical events were occurring, but no new prophecies were delivered. In retrospect, we can see that this was a time of preparation for the coming of Jesus. It was a time of great hope, but I can imagine that was hard to see in this period of waiting.
When I reflect on my past, I can point to many instances where I felt like God was not hearing my prayers and I was left waiting for answers. One area of life where I feel this deeply is in my relationship status. For many years, I have prayed and prayed that God would help me find my person. This unanswered prayer has been challenging to work through, and to be honest, I still struggle with finding hope in this situation. However, when I take a closer look I can see how God is working through this season. I have time to prepare and heal and work on myself and my relationship with God. That gives me so much hope for the future! Letting go and putting our hope in God can be terrifying, but it is always worth it.
It’s okay if you are feeling angry or frustrated in the waiting and silence. Let God know; He can take it. But remember that He is always here, and He is always working. We can take hope in the fact that God’s plan for our lives is better than anything we can imagine. No matter what you are going through right now, God will show up.
I want to encourage you with this verse from Romans 15:13 which says “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” He is present in all of the hopelessness and despair and you can trust that He will show up for you!
1. Think of a time of your life where you felt God was silent. Looking back, where can you now see God working?
2. If you are in a season of waiting, how can you look towards Jesus for hope?
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for always being here for me. Please remind me that You will never abandon or forsake me. Help me to see where You are working, even when it feels like You are silent. Remind me that there is always hope to be found in You and help me to find patience in the waiting. Thank You for loving me and for caring for me so well. Amen.
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