If God seems silent, nowhere to be found, there could be legitimate reasons. God is never silent without a purpose. Even in His silence, He speaks. Why would God be silent, distant and practically non-existent in your life – especially when you need Him? There can be several tremendously practical reasons.

I won’t go into all the reasons here (this is a Bullet Blog), but I do want to explore one reason why God can be silent, because it can be the most common. I’ve learned this first-hand in my own life. One reason you may not be hearing from God is because you may have been treating Him as if He were non-existent, or perhaps, at best, as a spiritual “genie” whose “lamp” you rub only when you have a wish you want to be fulfilled.

If we treat God as non-existent, there can come a time when He will begin to live up to our expectations.Zechariah 7:13 (NIV) says

“When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen.”

If we haven’t been listening to God, there can come a day when God won’t listen to us. The good news is that the very same book that has the above verse, begins with these words:

“Return to me, declares the LORD Almighty, and I will return to you,” (Zechariah 1:3). 

THOUGHTS TO PONDER: Is it time for you to return to God, or to come to Him for the very first time? Today is a great day to walk withGod, or to begin walking with Him in the first place. After all, no one who ignores God will ever come out a winner in the eternal scheme of things. In fact, those who do will probably waste a lot of time and energy in the here and now, too. Why wait to fulfill your destiny?

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Michael Anthony, CourageMatters.comA Call For Courage, Michael Anthony I'm a husband, father, inspirational speaker, podcaster, blogger, and Lead Pastor of Genesis Church, in York, Pennsylvania, where I live among farm animals and snack foods. I'm the author of A Call for Courage: Living With Power, Truth and Love In An Age of Intolerance and Fear (Thomas Nelson Publishers), and the soon to be released Courageous Life™ Motivational Planner. Both are available wherever books are sold. Send speaking, interview, and guest appearance inquiries to info@couragematters.com. , or click here and do your thing. For keynote speaking, interview and guest appearance inquiries, contact info@couragematters.com.
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