Sometimes all we can pray is, “God, keep us!” The pain is so strong at times, God feels so distant and seems not to answer our cries. Scripture that used to hold so much meaning seems totally meaningless now and we wonder if God even cares. Has He forgotten about us?
It’s in those moments when, out of something deep within–something completely unexplainable, like a deep assuring impression–that all there is to pray is, “God, keep us!”
You see, I have not experienced anything yet, that has proven to me that God isn’t there. It is true that I’m not currently experiencing conversation with Him–the reality of Him being there isn’t very strong right now. But I have experienced conversation before; I’ve sensed Him very near at other times in my life.
He is Present
I’ve watched Him answer prayers in incredible and unique ways. I know He’s there. And although the accuser desperately tries to make me doubt, because He is silent now, I’m convinced His promise that He is, “Near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit,” is true.
I fully believe He will one day speak to me again. I’ve been through periods like this before and He spoke again after those, so I know He’s there. But my faith is so weak. And so I cry out, “God, keep us!”
This is a trustworthy statement:
For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him;
If we endure, we will also reign with Him;
If we deny Him, He also will deny us;
If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.
-(2 Tim. 2:11-13)
In Times of Silence, God is Still Working
In order to rightly discredit someone, you have to first prove that he’s never done before what he said he would do. If I give you one hundred dollars to help with a financial need you’re experiencing at that time, but later, when you’re experiencing another financial need, I don’t give anything or even talk with you about it, that doesn’t mean that I hadn’t given to help with the earlier need.
It also doesn’t mean that I don’t see your need now and that I won’t, in some way, help. In the same way, just because God isn’t speaking now doesn’t mean that He didn’t speak before or that He won’t speak again. He sees a far greater picture than I do.
I don’t understand why certain things happen and I don’t know when He’ll speak again, but I do know He sees me (El Roi–Gen 16:13-14) and I can hope in Him (Miqweh Yisrael–Jer. 17:7-8, 13) because He promises to be with me (Emmanuel–Ps. 34:18) and He has never failed in any of His promises (Josh. 21:45).
Until then, God, keep us!