Sometimes I may say “God’s not talking to me……..I don’t hear Him right now…..or….when I pray, all I get is silence.” I’ve even heard someone say “when you’re taking an exam, the instructor is always silent.” This may be true in some instances,but I have another thought……Maybe God is talking but I don’t hear Him because He’s addressing a different matter I have no interest in at the time.
My wife and I are currently in a time of extreme faith and testing. We’ve gone to the Father in prayer many times asking for course correction, a word or anything to help us on this path we’re taking. Many times, without realizing it, God is trying to address something else but we haven’t heard Him because we’ve been too busy trying to get the answer to our question. He’s even answered long time prayers in the midst of us seeking answers from Him in our present situation.
As someone has said to me, “God is not a crystal ball”, I understand this. I know He’s not a puppet or genie in the bottle. The Lord has been teaching me to spend time with Him, it’s not always about coming to Him and asking for stuff but about worshipping Him. He wants me to have a desire for Him. Intimate time with Him, being in His presence, wanting Him and Him alone; this has been a hard concept for me over the last 4 years of my relationship with God.
Learning to just be with Him has been a challenge for me because I don’t know what to do. My mind wanders, I fall asleep or I get bored and quit. The big challenge is to know He’s there even when I have no feelings or manifestions. It’s faith. He’s always there. He dwells within. I have to get past my mind, body and soul into the spirit.
God is spirit and the true worshippers will worship Him in spirit and in truth. (paraphrase- John 4:23)