When God is Silent

Have you cried out to God and it seems as if the heavens are made of iron?  You pray with tears and yet God refuses to answer.  You pray the night shift and into the morning and still no reply.

Well, let me provide you with a few reasons why God does not answer prayers.  Let’s begin with some negative reasons.  First, if you have unconfessed sin in your life.  Isaiah says, “Your iniquity has separated you from your God.  Because of your sin, He has turned away and will not listen anymore” (59:2).  Second if you hold on to a sinful lifestyle.  The Psalmist says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart the Lord will not hear me” (66:18).

These two negative reasons for prayer not being answered can be addressed by confessing your sins.  “For God is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse from all unrighteousness” 1 John 1:9.

Explaining the positive reasons why God has not answered is a little more difficult.  Sometimes God answers immediately.  Sometimes God”s answer does not come during our time on Earth.  On the other hand, sometimes, like in the case of Job, in order to develop patience, God will not answer at all.  God sometimes makes promises and then have you wait a long time for the answer as in the case of Abraham.  When Abraham was seventy-five, God promised him a son. That son was not born until Abraham was one-hundred years old.  The time spent waiting produced patience in Abraham.

A case could be made that God uses silence to produce character in our lives.  In the life of Paul, humility; joy in the life of Sara; meekness in the life of Moses.  There are many character traits that can be related to God’s silence.

So, the next time you feel that your pray has not been answered by God, make sure you remove the sin that separates you and then stand on HIS promises and wait patiently, He may not come or answer when you want Him but He is always on time.

God’s silence is working in your favor.