When God Speaks Through Silence

When God Speaks Through SilenceGod speaks to us in many ways.  He speaks to us through our various circumstances, through the people we meet, and through the Bible.  But it isn’t the words He speaks to us that causes our difficulty.  It is His silence that is often unbearable.

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  (Matthew 27:46, NIV)  Didn’t we cry out the same thing when we failed to hear God’s words just when it’s darkest in our lives?

We wanted to hear Him speak to us, to encourage us, to tell us something that would put a little light where we are, and yet sometimes, all we could hear is His silence.

What I’ve realized however is that God continues to speak to us EVEN IN HIS SILENCE.  It may not be easy to understand, but after the trial, we’d discover how valuable that silence is.  Without that silence, we may not be able to hear His most important lessons for us.

What are some of the things God could be saying in His silence?  Here are just some of the things He could be telling you today:

-It is not yet time.

-I want you to rest for now.

-I want you to trust me more.

-I am watching you now as you grow.

-I have a plan.

-Give me time to accomplish what you cannot do on your own.

“God also speaks by his silence.” – Pope Benedict XVI


  1. melissa August 28, 2012 9:07 am Reply

    I’m beginning to appreciate how God speaks through silence… My SD said it’s not an absence but the presence of the One Who loves us most ~ I just have to be aware of it…

    So today, I’ll be very keen to what He says with open ears and open heart…


  2. Yvonne Wilson(EMoments) August 28, 2012 9:44 pm Reply

    His silence is by no means any indication that He loves us any less, just that one of the things you so rightly said, to trust Him more. God bless you Joyce! Have a great day.


  3. Corinne Rodrigues August 28, 2012 10:24 pm Reply

    Oh yes, it’s those silences we always have a problem with, don’t we, Jocelyn? But I’ve found that He speaks even through the silences if only we learn to listen. Thank you for the reminder today.


  4. Debra August 31, 2012 12:33 pm Reply

    This is a valuable lesson, and when God is silent, he is sometimes asking us to do likewise. He is asking us to listen in other ways. Your advice here is excellent Jocelyn. Thank you!
    “Silence of the heart is necessary so you can hear God everywhere — in the closing of the door, in the person who needs you, in the birds that sing, in the flowers, in the animals.”
    ~ Mother Teresa quoted in No Greater Love

    What are your impossible dreams?


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