When God Seems Silent, Evans Olang

Psalm 42:5, “Why are you cast down, O my soul? …. Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance”

There are days we feel like God is distant or He is present but not saying anything in our situations. To make it even more painful, we sometimes battle people who add more flame into the fire. They lie on you, they try to make your life difficult and you sit and wonder, how can a loving God allow such terrible things to happen to the ones He calls His own?

You might have heard of a story about a man who dreamt that he was at a beach somewhere walking with the Lord. He noticed two sets of foot prints, one was his and the other was the Lord’s. It felt good and pleasant to have the Lord walking besides him as he could see a sign of His presence through His foot prints. When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints and noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life. This bothered him that he launched a complaint to God. “What’s up with you that when I need you the most that is when I don’t even feel or see you at all?”. Have you been there when the God seemed silent in your situation and felt like you were left to walk and battle alone?

The Lord said unto him, “My precious, precious child, I love you and would never leave you. During your times of trial and tribulation, when you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you“. Do you see that when he thought the single foot prints were his, actually they were the Lord’s? When you think about how far you have made it with all the trials and difficulties, when you thought you were making it by yourself, check again to see that the foot prints that you saw as yours making it alone were God’s carrying you through. This is why the Psalmist goes back to ask why his soul is down and challenges his soul to hope in God. He wanted to remind His soul that God was carrying him through. Three times in Psalm 42:5, 11, 43:5, he repeats the same line to revive his soul.

Why the soul and not the heart or the kidneys or any other organ in the body? The soul is the animating and vital principle in humans, credited with the faculties of thought, action, and emotion and often conceived as an immaterial entity. This is where I believe your response affects your destiny. The soul needs to be revived to hope in God for you to progress into your destiny.

While hoping in God, the psalmist encourages his soul to praise Him for the help of His countenance, Psalm 103, “Bless the Lord oh MY SOUL and all that is within me bless His holy name”. To keep the soul revived, you have to warm it with praises, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my Spirit rejoices in the Lord My Savior” The more you concentrate on one set of foot prints you think are yours, your soul will stay down believing that you are handling it alone. When you realize that you are not alone, a bigger hand is carrying you through without even saying a word, you will revive your soul to praise Him anyway. Paul revived his soul by saying 2Timothy 1:12, “For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day“. You can only speak like Paul when you know that you don’t have to see two sets of foot prints to know that He is present.

Trade your heavy heart for a heart of joy, celebrate what the Lord has done. Let His joy be your strength. May you be reminded that He is carrying you through and the footprints you see as yours are actually His, you are not making it by your own strength. Revive your soul to hope in God, our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus. When God seems silent, He is carrying you through. Blessings Evans

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