When God Seems Silent

Scripture: “Weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning” (Psalm 30:5 KJV).

There is a hymn that I love. It starts off like this:

“Does Jesus care when my heart is pained
Too deeply for mirth and song;
As the burdens press, and the cares distress,
And the way grows wear and long?
O yes, He cares-I know He cares!”

Though this beautiful song reminded me that Jesus cares, I was now facing a moment when I wasn’t sure that He cared. My mind knew that He cared but my heart…well that was a completely different matter. My heart had just been broken into billions little pieces, scattered all over the place and there didn’t seem any way to put it back together.

I was lying on the carpet in my bedroom and my face was to the ground. In complete agony, tears were pouring down my face. I was sobbing and crying to God absolutely inconsolable. I had never felt more alone in my life. The most important relationship in my life had just come to a brutal end. I hadn’t seen it coming. I hadn’t been prepared for this when I woke up that morning. What started as a beautiful day ended as one of the most painful nights of my life. All I could do was weep. I cried out to God in complete distress, asking Him to help me, to take away my pain, to help me breath again, to change what had just transpired a few minutes prior, to explain what had happened and to talk to me. I cried out to God asking Him to speak to me, to comfort me, to do something…Anything. I was desperate for His help. So I cried to God again expecting an answer. Then, nothing happened. God did not say a word.

There was total silence on the end of our communication line. I was alone. I was in my own Gethsemane. I knew it and I felt it. Unexpectedly, the words of Jesus came out of me: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

I felt the unbearable sting of rejection. I was too well acquainted with that feeling. I felt abandoned and my heart was broken. As these feelings overwhelmed me leading to cry even more. I was in bitterness of soul so much so that I did not care if my neighbors heard my very loud cries. Nothing mattered in that moment, only my pain and my deep need for God in my sorrow.

I waited and waited but nothing happened that night. God was completely silent or so it seemed. I crawled into my bed where my tears continued to flow and wet my pillow. With the lights off, I reached for the tissue box by my bedside table but it was empty. Hold on! Had I not opened that box just yesterday? Well that’s what sorrow looks like I guess. I got up to grab another box in the bathroom cabinet. As I made my way back to bed, a light came from my cellphone. A dear friend of mine had sent me a message that appeared on my screen. It was just one sentence but oh what a sentence as I read:

“Weeping may endure for a night

But joy cometh in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).

And as I lay back to bed, that’s when I felt it. Like arms wrapped around me, God was reaching out to comfort me. My sobbing and tears stopped. Completely still and quiet, I allowed the Father to embrace me and care for me.

Friend, sometimes you may be going through a situation and you cry out for God but He seems silent, uninterested by what it happening to you. Your tears flow and your pain runs deep. Trust me when I tell you, O yes, Jesus cares. I know He does and He promises never to leave you nor forsake you. Even though God did not speak to me in a way for me to hear His voice as I often did, He reminded me that He was there even in my pain as He comforted me. He shared in my pain and felt my broken heart. And He used someone else to remind me of his Word.

God is not disinterested in your pain. His heart aches when you ache. Maybe like me, you’re going something and you wonder: does Jesus care?

Maybe you called out for Him but you did not hear back and so you wonder: where is He?

Maybe this is a dark time for you. The night seems long, and you’re wondering if you’ll ever experience joy again?

Friend, Jesus cares. It may seem like all hope is gone and Jesus has left the building, but remember that “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and He saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). Today you may be crying and weeping but when tomorrow comes, He promised that “joy comes in the morning”.

Prayer:

Loving Father, you know how my heart aches. You have heard my cries and seen my tears. Please, be quick to wrap your arms around me and comfort me. I need your peace that surpasses all understanding. I’m trusting and believing that you will never leave me nor forsake me. I thank you for sharing in my pain and reaching out to me in my brokenness. Help me remember that your silence does not you don’t care. I thank you that I am never alone and never without you. Please see me through this dark time and help me to hold on to your promise that joy comes in the morning. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Dig deeper:

God sees your tears and he hears your prayers. Today, take the time to study some of these scriptures.

PSALM 34:18; PSALM 56:8; PSALM 46:10; MARK 4:39; PSALM 61:4; PSALM 91: 15; 1 SAMUEL 1:10, 17; PSALM 120:1; 2 SAMUEL 22:7; PSALM 18:6.

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