Yesterday I addressed how it feels when you think God doesn't see you or hear you. Today I want to focus on how we think and feel when it seems as if we can't see or hear God. I'm talking about the "hiddenness" of God; but not from the aspect of nonbelievers, who will say, if God existed, then God would make His existence more obvious. God is not obvious. Therefore, God does not exist.
This is not about God deliberately hiding His presence. It's about those times in our lives when we, who have been in real relationship with Him, can't find Him or hear His voice. It's about those crises of faith that have us asking why He has seemingly abandoned us, or is at least choosing to not communicate with us.
But if you have experienced an intimate relationship with God in the past, and are now facing a "dry spell" in that partnership, you must not forget that He is the Unchangeable and Ever-Present God. Perhaps He is preparing to do a work in your life and is waiting to see the level of commitment you have to Him. Maybe He is waiting to see if you are willing to press into Him when the going gets rough and His presence isn't easily discerned. And just maybe there are places He wants to take you, but you have to be willing to walk by faith, not by sight.
That is a time-worn motto of the Church ... we walk by faith, not by sight. But if you are a Christian who has developed a spiritual relationship with God (communing with Him in the spirit and being accustomed to His presence), then the absence of that intimacy might really challenge your faith walk. But that is the time to "press into God".
What do I mean by that? It means to seek God and to keep on seeking Him, even when you have no clear evidence that He is there. It means to seek to know Him and His righteousness when your world is falling down around you. It means surrendering yourself and your life to Him because you have nowhere else (and no one) to turn to. And it means trusting that He is there, waiting on you to take a step towards Him, instead of sitting back and expecting Him to come to you.
I have a very dear friend who is pressing into new depths in her relationship with God. She has met Jesus in her spirit and He has shown her how much He values her and what is possible when she decides to move towards Him. She has been through some devastating trials in her life, and has just recently learned to seek Jesus in the spirit and press into Him. While He has healed her emotional and spiritual wounds, and is helping her to deal with changes in her life, He is also showing her that her future depends on her making the next move. He is not there to orchestrate her every step, but is waiting for her to put her faith into action to receive the future He has planned for her. She doesn't know what that might be, but because she has pressed into Him, even when He doesn't seem to be present, she is excited about stepping out in faith. The unknown future no longer scares her because she knows He has something spectacular to give her; something He has been preparing for her since He knit her in the womb. And because she has walked by faith, and not by sight -- and because she has pushed through her trials to be in the very presence of God -- she is excited to receive her inheritance as the daughter of the King!
But she is determined to seek God on her own and press into Him, despite the Church. And she is enthusiastic about what God has in store for her. Her greatest joy is found in spending time in God’s presence and contending with God’s Spirit for more of Him. She is learning to love the time she spends with Him, and it is preparing her for any future "dry spells" that are sure to come her way. She has stepped outside the comfort zone of conventional religion and has turned a life that looks destroyed [from the outside] into a spiritual relationship worth celebrating! Jesus was her last resort, and she didn't let the fact that she couldn't see Him or hear Him [in the wreckage of her life] stop her from reaching out for Him. She accepted His invitation for healing, let Him validate and strengthen her, and is now ready to trust in the authority and power He has given her to walk out her faith.
Don't get caught up in the Enemy's lie that you need Jesus to hold your hand every minute of every day. Don't buy into the deception that you're incapable of defeating the devil on your own. You have been given the very power that God gave Jesus. His presence is in you and you can have the confidence that you will be a Victor, just as He was. So, if you happen to be in a spiritual desert at the moment, and you can't hear or see God, then wait for Him; pressing into Him and pushing through to a relationship that I promise you will be supernatural and rewarding!
Psalm 2:1-5 "My son, if you will receive My words
and treasure My commandments within you, so that your ear is attentive to [skillful and Godly] wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding [seeking it conscientiously and striving for it eagerly]; yes, if you cry out for insight, and lift up your voice for understanding; if you seek skillful and Godly wisdom as you would silver and search for her as you would hidden treasures; then you will understand the [reverent] fear of the Lord [that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome] and discover the knowledge of God."