Monday, April 9, 2018

14 Verses for When It Feels Like God is Silent


I’m convinced that emotions can wreck us. On any given day, I can go from laughing to crying; feeling angry to craving connection; feeling hopeful to feeling desperate. Emotions take us all over the place, use up what little energy we have, and leave us feeling spent.

Truth can get lost in emotions…if we let it.

For a while now, I’ve felt like God has been silent. I know He’s with me. I know He hears me, sees me, and knows every detail of my days. I know that. But, sometimes I don’t feel it.

As I pray, I’ve been reminding myself that the truth and how I feel are not the same.

In my frustration, I want to demand, God, where are You?!?

Instead, I’ve been confessing, Lord, I know You’re here, but I feel like I can’t find you. Why am I struggling to connect with You?

One expresses my anger, the other cries out for help. God knows I feel both.

Anger clouds my vision and opens the door even wider for doubt and suspicion. (Both of which are in the enemy’s arsenal.) But, expressing my need for Him keeps me looking for Him, watching for even the smallest reminder that He’s with me. It keeps me expecting to see Him.

I imagine I’m not alone in struggling between truth and emotions. Fortunately, God’s Word is filled with His truth to remind us He’s with us, even when it feels like God is silent. {Tweet this}

14 Scripture Verses for When It Feels Like God is Silent

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

When you face stormy seas I will be there with you with endurance and calm; you will not be engulfed in raging rivers. If it seems like you’re walking through fire with flames licking at your limbs, keep going; you won’t be burned.

Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.

The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.

Don’t panic. I’m with you.  There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you.  I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.

The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you  and wait expectantly.

My soul clings to You; Your right hand reaches down and holds me up.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

What verses do you turn to when you’re struggling to feel God with you? {Tweet this}

In Christ,
Laura 

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14 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing these verses and the reminder of the TRUTH when we're struggling!

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  2. Laura, again, thank you for such an encouraging post! What we feel can be changed as we read theses reassuring promises from our LORD! Thank egotism sharing your faith journey!

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  3. Thanks for going to the source for resolution to these really distressing feelings. We'd all be wise to follow your example. Blessings to you!

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  4. Laura, you've shared so many great verses here! Many are in my list already. I also find myself going to Psalm 84:5-7 which reminds me that we all go through valleys of Baka, or suffering. But, God is with us in those places. And, when we turn to Him, those barren places can become springs. And, with Him we go from strength to strength.

    Another verse I love is Hebrews 13:5b which reminds us that God will never leave or forsake us. Before that part of the verse, he tells us what to keep our lives free from. But the reason to do this is because HE is always with us.

    Anyway, I rambled. GREAT post today!

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  5. laura i realy like it
    its touching
    please share more we are thursty for the spirit

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  6. Love all these Scriptures, Laura. Especially Psalm 62. And this tweet..."Fortunately, God’s Word is filled with His truth to remind us He’s with us, even when it feels like God is silent." Amen! We must turn to the truth of God's Word in every season.

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  7. Hi Laura,
    We're neighbors today at Holley's :) and I LOVE this reminder of the scriptures that tell us God hasn't forgotten us and he is not silent but very involved in every detail of our lives! It's a matter of telling it to our souls and trusting that it's true -- thankful for your reminder today!

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  8. Laura, you have shared so many wonderful verses. I try to remind myself that the Father is always at work even when I don't see His activity. Thankful for the reminder today!

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing these verses. I pray God continues to strengthen your faith and show himself faithful to you! I'm so glad you joined us for Encouraging Word Wednesday this week!

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  10. Be still, that's a good one, it takes a really quiet heart to hear.

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  11. I have just been through a similar time, it is difficult but hang in there as His blessing will flow.
    Ps 46:10 is one of my favorite promises... my version says "Let Go & relax & know that I am God" Praise Him!

    You're welcome to drop in for a cup of inspiration anytime!
    Jennifer

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  12. Beautiful Scriptures, Laura. Many of them are favorites of mine. And they hit the mark when I’m feeling lonely. Thank you for so sweetly reminding us of God’s Presence. xoxo

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  13. Dear Laura, I admire your penchant and passion for topical Bible study. Psalm 91 has been a favorite for years, along with Hebrews 4:16, and Psalm 18. Thanks and blessings for these gifts of reassurance.

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  14. Thank you so much for sharing this deep truth. Psalm 46:10 has been my rock and is my Scripture for this year. God be with you!

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