“Why do You stand afar off, O LORD? Why do You hide in times of trouble?” (Psalm 10 :1)
Often it seems that God is far away and no longer concerns Himself with our needs. Perhaps our particular prayer request(s) go unheeded indefinitely. Perhaps we long to feel God’s presence and are simply unable to do so. And finally, it could be that we give up in sheer despondence; “what’s the use?” we ask dejectedly.
Has God forgotten or forsaken us? Has He turned His back upon us? Is all hope gone? Does the Bible shed any light on this matter of God’s silence? I think it does:
There are certain things genuine Christians must remember:
- 1. The Holy Spirit of God will never leave us or forsake us and is praying for us (Romans 8:26; Joshua 1:5)
- 2. God has a reason for His (apparent) silence and we take confidence in that. Clouds and waves are not permanent!
- 3. Confession of sins and persistence in prayer are always in order (I John 1:9; I Thessalonians 5:17).
- 4. There is always HOPE! And as long as there is hope, there is help. Read Romans 15:4-5….
DON’T GIVE UP! (Christian, look up, for your redemption draws near)!