(Following up on an idea from last week.)
There are times when it feels like God is speaking to you left and right: every Bible verse, every sermon, every conversation, every song is like it came straight from above. During these times, the best thing to do is keep quiet and let God speak. Your job is to listen. And take notes.
And then, there are those seasons when it seems that God has stopped speaking. Expectations get put on hold and inspiration is on short-supply. What should you do then?
When God seems silent, that’s the time for you to speak up.
Speak to the mountain.
“If anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.” (Mark 11:23)
The way you speak about your obstacles (and the way you speak to them) indicates how determined you are to confront them head on.
Speak to the people around you.
Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. (Psalm 105:1)
Instead of going on and on about the difficulty of waiting things out, let your conversations be full of grace. Keep talking about all that God has done for you. Tell others about his history of goodness in your life; it helps you avoid the “what have you done for me lately” attitude.
Speak to the Father again and again.
In addition to Paul’s admonition to give thanks for everything and to pray without ceasing, we have this word from Isaiah…
You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth. (Isaiah 62:6-7)
I love the phrase give him no rest. Have you ever had a child wear you out with repeated requests? I used to tell my kids to stop. God tells his children the opposite. He wants you to ask and ask and keep on asking.
God knows that it’s quiet in your life right now. He knows you’re tempted to give in to fear when answers don’t come easy. That’s why he invites you to keep calling on his name, to give him no rest until he establishes his work in your life.
When God seems silent, that’s your signal not to be.
Speak up. Speak his Word every chance you get. Speak it to the obstacles you face. Speak it to the people you meet. And every moment of the day, speak it to the Father who has promised to hear, and to act, on your behalf.