Do you feel like God has forgotten you or that your prayers don’t go beyond the ceiling? If so, don’t be too quick to assume that God does not hear you, or even more, that God does not care.
Referring to Genesis 16, Oswald Chambers comments,
“Abram went through thirteen years of silence, but in those years all of his self-sufficiency was destroyed. He grew past the point of relying on his own common sense. Those years of silence were a time of discipline, not a period of God’s displeasure.”
Don’t be misguided, there are no exceptions to the rule. God is more concerned with our holiness than He is our comfort. There will be no special treatment, none of us are above being pruned, weened, strengthened, and prepared?
In life’s moments of uncertainty when, for reasons unknown to you God seems silent, it is easy to assume the worst. But the Bible is full of examples of people who experienced God’s silence, yet we read on to discover that all the while God was consistently working on their behalf. Just like in Abraham’s situation, God has not forgotten you!
In those quiet times, how do you respond? The next time you are tempted to frantically question God, throw in the towel, or to bring about the answer through your own efforts, why not make a conscious effort to wait patiently trusting Him.
Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5 NASB 1977)