Although God speaks to us sometimes God employs what I call God’s strategy of silence. Sometimes as Christians, we encounter seasons in our life when we want to hear God’s voice but he doesn’t speak and we are desperate for his voice, desperate for his guidance and yet God is silent. In those times do you know, it is not the devil who is blocking your ears? Sometimes you get to a point where you think now where I am I definitely need to hear from God and you bombard the heavens and you would break even the doors and windows of heaven if you could but God is still silent. And you begin to blame yourself and say have I sinned or have I done something wrong. Why is God quite? It’s his strategy. All God’s generals know how to deal with God’s silence. Because there is a time when God is silent so that he will teach you to trust him even when you don’t hear his voice. Someone was telling me how they were praying saying God I want to hear you clearly, tell me exactly every step of my life, I want to know from now to eternity, show me my way, show me my path. Then I asked if he was answered. When he indicated that he had not gotten any response, I said to him “that’s more like God.” Did you know that if God told you everything that is going to happen in your life there will be no need to trust him? There is no need to depend on him. There is no need even to have faith because you already know what is going to happen. But God sometimes is deliberately silent so that he allows you to turn to him and depend on him. Clearly it is not always the devil who silences the voice of God. Sometimes God chooses to be silent. You know many times you blame the devil and rebuke him for blocking the voice of God. Sometimes I feel like the devil will say “you know guys I do all these bad things but this time it is not me. Give me a break. I am not doing anything.” Sometimes through God’s strategy of silence He takes us further than our understanding and turns off the light. Any child of God needs to learn how to walk in the dark seasons of their life and still hold on to God’s invisible and unfailing hand. “Even though I don’t hear his voice yet I trust him. Even though I don’t see further than my foot, yet I will follow Him. I know what he has said He would never leave me nor forsake me and so in those silent moments when things are not working I know that though He is silent, His presence is there with me. Even when I don’t feel Him yet I will follow Him. I know I am passing through a season when God wants me to trust him. There are moments when I wish He would speak.
Hear me all you prophetic people, unless you know that it is God’s strategy to be silent sometimes you will be tempted to manufacture prophecy that’s not there. There are times when you see somebody who is struggling and you really want to give them an encouragement and yet God is silent…and you feel bad and you think now if I don’t say something it may look like I am not anointed and then you manufacture a word but God is not a fool. You should learn to be silent when God is silent. As a minister I am deeply concerned with a generation of ministers who would gladly manufacture a prophetc word when God is silent either to impress or to save face.
If God is not speaking an encouragement to somebody, don’t speak that encouragement. Sometimes you just have to be there and say I am with you all the way, I don’t understand how God is dealing with you, but you can count on me, I will stand by you. You know we Christians we talk too much. You find somebody who is struggling and going through issues and you tell them you understand – what do you understand? Sometimes you just need to say “you know what I don’t understand how God is dealing with you but I am there with you, even if you were to cry we would cry together. I am not speaking until God speaks. I will not be a voice that speaks when God is not speaking.” God says woe to the prophets who says thus says the Lord when I haven’t spoken. And there are so many people in ministry who will speak a word when God has not spoken. But when you understand God’s strategy of silence, you will still move on trusting God.
Sometimes you feel so anointed and all of a sudden it’s like God has turned the switch off and you are wondering what is happening yet God will be saying will you trust me even when you don’t feel the anointing. Will you follow me when I am silent? What do you do in the seasons when God is silent? When He is silent it just means He is training you because all his generals pass through times when God is silent and yet they still follow. God is training you. He is maturing you. So we all need to know how we deal with those moments… there are moments when the only voice you need to stand on is the voice of his word, if he said it in his word he has already spoken and I stand on that word and say I am not going to be moved, angels or no angels, voice or no voice, comfort or no comfort. Welcome to the wilderness where all God’s generals are made. I know you charismatics don’t want to hear this…but when that happens, you are on good ground because he is training you to hear his voice. I don’t know why God is like that. He has this habit I don’t like of being silent when I want him to speak.
God’s silence or inactivity at a time when you badly need to hear from him is a test of maturity. Saul was ready for battle and he needed a breakthrough, and deliberately the prophet delayed to come. If you were Saul, and you could hear the sound of gunfire and the enemy approaching, what would you do? Saul decided to ascend the altar himself. The moment he had just finished offering the sacrifice, the prophet appeared and said “what have you done.”