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Silent Seasons: How to Cope

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Have you ever felt that though you’ve been spending so much time with the Lord and developing and growing in His word, everything around you still feels still? As though someone has hit the pause button on your life? Maybe you’ve been faithful at your current job, starting to apply for other jobs but no response. On the other hand, maybe you’ve been excelling in every area of your life, but your love life. Or maybe though you’re growing in your walk with God, your family somehow refuse to see it or even acknowledge it. Your relationship with God is getting better but your relationship with family seems to say the same. Sound familiar?

Here are some truths to rest in as you walk through this quiet season:

1.     God’s Creation blossoms in this Season

You are His creation! Many times, when we read Jeremiah 1: 5, we assume that God only knew our future triumphs and not our struggles. But He foreknew the trials that were necessary to birth the endurance and the patience we need for His purpose and His glory. Thankfully, this season isn’t meant to hurt us but rather transform us. As His creation God wants to do something unique in our lives. Isaiah 43:19 (ESV), God says, “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” God’s purpose for the deserted season is to act as a foundation upon which He will birth His ministry through us. It’s important for us to trust the journey.  When in doubt, we can ask our Father what is the lesson He wants us to learn at this stage.

2.     God has Ordained this Season just for you

Since God has tailor made the quiet seasons for our growth, we must know that He, not the Devil, has led us here. For “the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.” As God led Jacob to Peniel (Gen. 32:22-31) and led Christ in the wilderness (Matt. 4:1), so God will lead us in a season that seems barren. This season requires a state loneliness and will feel as though we are at war with ourselves and God. Though it seems daunting this is a great sign! God is taking us to a place to change our name (specifically a change in character)! A name that best reflects His purpose for us on the Earth.

3.     There is a Purpose in this Season

Before God can use us for His agenda, He must first test our hearts to see if we will trust Him in the midst of confusion. Be patient under circumstances that cause us anxiety. It is this heart posture of trust, patience and love that causes us to say, “Not my will, but yours be done (Luke 22:42, NIV).” A surrendered attitude births the true purpose of the season, a death to self so that we may better reflect the God we serve.

4.     Exalt God in the midst of this Season

The most amazing aspect of David’s life was his ability to praise God though he was running for his life for almost 15 years (Psalm 34:1). His attitude showed that God honors our praise especially when we don’t have a full picture of His ideal. He gravitates to those who worship Him. As we worship Him daily for all we have now, He will reveal our purpose on the Earth. In the meantime, let’s keep inviting His presence in our midst!

These truths may seem hard to keep in our heart, but to help us we can remember that they spell the word COPE, C-O-P-E. In this quiet season, we can affirm ourselves daily and say, “I am His Creation, Ordained for His Purpose to Exalt His name in the Earth! Let us walk in that truth today and forever!