There comes a time where all we want is silence. We crave it in the midst of chaos. The noise in the air will be at an all-time high level, and you wish you could just yell for everyone to shut up for just a second. It seems like silence brings peace, except when it is coming from God. You see, when God is silent, we beg for Him to speak. We beg for a sign or a signal to help us, but instead we hear nothing. And usually, we misinterpret the silence for abandonment.

Everyone goes through a period where it doesn’t seem as if anything is going right. Anything bad that could have happened, did. And now you just feel stuck. Maybe you’re even crying out to God, asking why is this happening to you. You thought you were a good person. You thought that you had done everything you were supposed to. And what do you get back as a response? Nothing. God doesn’t speak to you. He doesn’t send you and signs telling you what to do. And you think that means He is not listening. So, you scream and shout, and still nothing. And this could go on for months, until you’re lying on your bedroom floor begging for anything. But still receive nothing, and you begin to lose hope.

There’s a book in the bible named Job that tells the story of this man who wholeheartedly trusted God and would praise Him no matter the situation. But the devil told God that Job only praised Him because He gave Job everything. So, God allowed the devil to tempt Job. The devil was allowed to do anything without actually harming Job’s life. And he did everything he could to turn Job against God. At this time, God was silent towards Job. People observing this situation  believed Job was being punished for some injustice decision he made, but that was not true. Then, people told Job he should turn his back on God. God was not caring for His child, therefore, people believed he had every right to turn against God. Still Job did not, he continued to praise God despite the silence.

In life, we are going to be tested and tempted. And during this time, we are also going to receive silence from God. Yes, it is going to be hard, but nobody said this life was easy. Being tempted and turning away from that temptation is what will eventually make us closer with God. So next time you are going through a period where you experience silence from God, remember that the teacher always stays silent during the test. His silence doesn’t change His love for you.