When God seems silent

Q: What does one do when God seems silent on an issue one considers to be of great importance? The final decision taken has the possibility to decide the outcome of one’s life. I have prayed, but no answers yet… What does one do?


A: To answer this question, I’d look at it under different, yet important points

God loves you

First of all, God is concerned about you, He’s all-knowing and He has your ‘best’ interest at heart.  But, what you think is your best interest in some cases might be different from what God sees as your best interest.

Your best interest will come to fruition in His will for you.

Rest assured of His love.

God will lead you as you trust Him

The bible teaches us to trust in the Lord and to acknowledge Him in all we do.

Trust the LORD completely, and don’t depend on your own knowledge. With every step you take, think about what he wants, and he will help you go the right way, Prov. 3:5-6.

You can rest assured of His direction as long as you trust Him, and seek His leading.

be encouraged

Preconceived notions

Some people have preconceived notions and a mindset on how God responds to prayers;

God answers in a specific manner: You might think God only answers prayers through a still small voice. Beloved God can answer through other means, He can answer through the knowledge of His word, through visions, dreams, He can answer by speaking through someone etc.

Be open minded and sensitive to identify the leading of the Spirit of God, irrespective of how it comes.

God gives certain answers to issues: Some people pray over an issue, expecting to hear a particular answer, instead the Spirit of God nudges them differently. But they keep on praying hoping to hear something different.

You have to be willing to accept whatever the Spirit of God leads you to do, irrespective of your reasoning.

Search yourself, has God spoken to you already and you’re still hoping for a different answer. If yes, then adjust and obey.


 His Silence

Does God keep silent over issues? Why does He do this?


Time and Anxiety

At times you feel God is silent when there’s an urgent decision you need to make and you feel that opportunity might slip-away if you don’t act fast.

– If you knew there was a better opportunity in the future, will you go for this now or will you wait for the other?

– If you knew that taking this opportunity will lead to jeopardy in no time, will you take it?

– This issue you think is a matter of life or death, does God think so?

– Is there a clear answer from the bible, but you don’t know ’cos you’ve not searched?

Okay then, since God is all-knowing why can’t He just say an outright no, instead of silence? Honestly I don’t know, but I know God loves you and won’t want you to miss out on His will for you, He will direct you, no matter how long He seems silent.

As God’s child, His Spirit leaves in you, this is a fact, irrespective of how you feel.

Just wait on Him for direction,  it’s just right to follow God’s plan for you. As you wait for His direction on that issue, don’t put your life on-hold, get busy, and keep at what you’ve been doing in accordance with His will for you. Keep serving Him with all your heart, worship Him, praise Him, love Him and do His will (at least the one you already know). He’s never late, He’s got all things working together for the good of those that love Him and are called according to his purpose.

Your wait will be worth it eventually!

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Ozioma Michaels

Mike is passionate about helping people know the truth, understand why they should believe and practice it in all areas of their personal lives; thereby living out their faith in Christ. His favourite word is ‘conviction’

Comments ( 2 )
  1. GOYb
    November 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Blessed by this!
    God’s way is better, whether his yes, no or his silence.
    Thank you, Pastor Mike!

    • Ozioma Michaels
      Ozioma Michaels
      November 8, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks be to God…
      I’m glad this blessed you

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