I am a terrible waiter. I don’t mean a poor food service person. I am impatient. God has grown me, but it is still one of my greatest downfalls. I am continuing to learn what it means to trust God in the in-between times of my life. I talk to people and see others who are struggling to find where God is during these quite seasons. When their night in shining armor hasn’t come, they can’t get pregnant, their spouse is far away, they desperately need employment, or they’re seeking God with all their heart, but every door keeps closing. Have you ever prayed and felt that God was not listening? Have you poured out your broken heart only to be answered with silence? These can be difficult times in our walk. They can make us bitter, or create a sweet fellowship with Christ.
I want to assure you of two things. God has not abandoned you in your time of need (Deut. 31:6; Heb 13:5). He promises to walk with us. Secondly, just because you don’t know what He is doing, doesn’t mean that He isn’t working in the silence. He is quite busy bringing about His will in His timing. He is on the move! It is His timing that is difficult to wait for. I want things now; yesterday, even. His timing is perfect, however. He knows far more than I. Think of how the Old Testament prophets may have felt. They were preaching a message of repentance; that a Messiah would come. They didn’t get to see it. Yet, all along God was creating the line that Christ would be born from. He was orchestrating it perfectly. And at the appointed time, Christ was born and died. It was all in God’s perfect plan and timing. Habakkuk 2:3 says, “For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it testifies about the end and will not lie. Though it delays, wait for it, since it will certainly come and not be late.” The lyrics to an old song say, “He may not come when we want Him, but He’s right on time.” (“He’s Right On Time” by Mahalia Jackson) God truly is busy in our waiting, and we are blessed to remain.
The question, then, really isn’t where God is in the silence, but where we are; where our heart is. Psalm 62:5 says, “Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from Him.” The Hebrew word for “rest” here implies both silence and waiting. In Psalm 22:2, David writes, “My God, I cry by day, but You do not answer, by night, yet I have no rest.” He is seeking and praying diligently, but his active prayer is only making him restless. The contrast in chapter 62 is that David has now found a sense of security in waiting for God’s answer. He knows that both an answer and protection will come. Hope springs forth from knowing a God who is trustworthy.
As we wait for God to reveal His plan to us, to see what He’s been up to, we have to be faithful in the silence. There’s another great song by John Waller that says, “I will serve you while I’m waiting. I will worship while I’m waiting.” (“While I’m Waiting”) We are called to be obedient. He will make the paths straight (Proverbs 3:6). May God bless you as you wait in the silence. He is with you, and He is busy.