I love the times when God is speaking, when it feels that He is so near you can feel His breath. There is nothing better than that. I wish I could live in those seasons every single day. But just as there are seasons on earth, there are also seasons in the spirit.
Most of us would love to have spring or summer all year round. However, winter is also necessary.
Without winter, summer wouldn’t be so appreciated. So it is in the seasons of God.
I once received an email from one of our readers who was frantic because she felt God and His presence had left her. She had repented and cried out to God, but it seemed He was nowhere to be found.
She had found, as we all do at one time or another, that there are times when God does not speak clearly or loudly. When God seems far away. It almost feels that He has departed from you. Of course, we know He hasn’t. Yet, there are times when God is silent.
Isaiah once declared, “surely you are a God who hides yourself.” David and Job both cried out in despair, “why do you hide your face from me?” The Jewish people called this the Mask of Yahweh. When God Hides His face.
Does He hide His face because He is mad at you? Does He hide His face because you have sinned or disappointed Him? Has He departed from you? No, the word of God says that He will never leave you nor forsake you.
I think you can find insight about this attribute of God in the Song of Solomon. She was seeking the One whom her soul loved. Yet, he continually eluded her.
When God hides His face, it is for a purpose. He longs for you to seek Him out.
It may feel like a dry and empty place but if you will press into God, you will discover Him in a way you have never known before.
Year ago, God spoke something to me that I didn’t understand at the time. He said, “in my silence you will find my glory.”
When He spoke this to me, it was at a time I was hearing from God daily and was experiencing a wonderful time in His manifested presence. Little did I know, that was about to change.
I began to walk through a difficult winter season in God. It was quiet. It was dry. I was not hearing from God at all. It seemed to go on forever.
Challenge after challenge came before me, almost on a daily basis. I cried out to God continually. His response was silence.
I could have allowed that silence to stop me, but I didn’t. Instead, I pressed into God more and more. I was determined, just like the woman in Song of Solomon, to find Him in the darkness.
I knew once I found Him, He would illuminate the darkness. He would shine a light on my path, and I could walk out of that season. So, I pressed in.
I didn’t once think that God was mad at me or had left me. I had been this way before. Instead I knew to pursue Him. To seek for the One whom my soul loved. Eventually, I found Him in the silence. And in that silence, I found a great peace. That peace began to invade my life in a way I had not known before.
In the silence, seek Him. In the silence, press into Him. Get your mind of your challenges and get your mind on God. Remember, we are kept in perfect peace…when our mind is stayed upon Him and we trust in Him.
He is right there. In the silence. In the darkness. When you feel most alone, He is closer than ever. Don’t allow the enemy to lie to you. He will never leave you. He is faithful.
He wants you to find Him in the darkness even more than you do. He is hoping you won’t stop until you find the One your soul loves. Don’t stop until you find Him, until you see Him face to face. It’s time to behold Him. And you will, as you continue to seek Him in the dark times. For in the silence, you will behold His glory. You will find, as I did, it is worth the press.
Meditate on this:
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6