“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.” (Psalm 130:5, New International Version).
It’s easy to praise God in times of joy. Our trust in the Lord is stronger when we see the works of His hands. It only makes sense; we wouldn’t believe flowers would bloom if we were in the midst of a drought.
But, sometimes, we seem to hit rock bottom. One day the sun is shining, and the next, we get stuck in the dark. We lose our faith.
However, the trust we have in God at our highs should be just as strong during our lows. A Christian pastor, Tony Evans, says that “sometimes God lets you hit rock bottom so that you will discover He is the Rock at the bottom.”
As a human, it’s natural to become angry and impatient. We may get frustrated with God during these times of disbelief, telling ourselves that He isn’t hearing our prayers. In the silence, God is thinking. In the stillness, God is waiting. It isn’t that God doesn’t hear our prayers; He is simply lying low for a better time.
God puts His strongest soldiers through the toughest battles. It proves our strength, our courage, and most importantly, our faith in God’s promises.
Silence isn’t always a bad thing: After all, the teacher is always quiet during a test.
Dear Heavenly Father, teach me to trust You during the stillness, for my faith in You should never be tenuous. I pray my faith in You grows stronger, and I can begin to guide others out of the dark as well. Amen.