I’ve arrived at a new perspective of what can be perceived by many as a “silent God.” If I were to describe my perception of what’s happening when it seems like our heavenly Father is silent and not answering our prayer(s), I’d venture to say that He’s operating much in the same way that a teacher would in the classroom during a test. He is assessing our ability to independently and successfully apply the wisdom and knowledge we should have acquired during our learning experiences (Life).
What happens when a student fails to prove themselves to be proficient on a test? They engage in remediation and again begin to receive the support they require from their teacher until they once again have the opportunity to independently demonstrate their ability levels. I think life is similar in that we tend to repeat certain cycles because we have yet to show ourselves and God that we have gained the wisdom and skills necessary to not ever have to return to those respective experiences again.
The ultimate goal of any great teacher, is to facilitate the learning experience(s) of their students–guiding them towards the ability to independently achieve their goal(s). God doesn’t want to give us all the answers. He want’s to teach us by guiding us through our learning experiences called life so that we can grow, learn, and acquire the wisdom and skills necessary for us to live the life we ought to have in Christ Jesus. He wants us to be in a constant progression forward and upward.
The next time you’ve found yourself in a place where it seems like God is “silent,” as if He is not answering you, or giving you any specific instruction, or direction, ask yourself this: “Am I in the midst of a test? Is God giving me the opportunity to prove myself proficient and ready to be promoted to the next level?” Think about it.
Hebrews 5: 11-14 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
1 Corinthians 3:1-3 Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?
1 Peter 2:2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
1 Corinthians 2: 13-14 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness,and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Romans 8:4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.