Last year, I had a fair share of ‘quiet’ moments, and as a human most times I just felt really downcast, but it was in this same moments that I got the inspiration for this post, and I just knew that I needed a change in attitude. In today’s post we’ll be looking at 8 things to do when it seems quiet.
When I say quiet, I’m talking about when it seems like there’s no answer from the big guy upstairs, everything seems slow and your spirit feels really low. How do you get back up from that low point and get back to the point of strength and faith, even while still in the storm?
1. Listen: I’ve come to realize that at that moment when you can’t seem to hear anything, you need to actually listen more intently. While you’re looking for a rather loud voice or bang, the still small voice has been talking, but because that’s not what you’re looking for, you don’t hear it. Listening very closely in that quiet moment may be your chance of a breakthrough, because there are instructions and directions embedded in that quietness, you only need to listen. Isaiah 30:21 says “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”
2. Delight Yourself In The Word Of God: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” – Joshua 1:8
Delighting yourself in God’s word, meditating on it, and doing all that is in it is a sure bet for guaranteed success. So rather than entertaining negative thoughts about your situation, pick up your bible and go spend some quality time with your maker, and see what he has to say to you.
3. Rest: While the physical rest is very important and crucial to our being, I’m talking about a different kind of rest here. This kind of rest involves exchanging all of your fears and doubts for complete faith and trust in the Lord. You know that point where you go before the lord and just drop it all at his feet, that’s what I’m talking about.
“For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and REST shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.” – Isaiah 30:15
God desires that we rest in him, because at that point, he is able to save, deliver and strengthen us.
Matthew 11:28-29 tells us to come to him and there will be rest for our souls. Our God knows that those times will come where we will be weak, and that is why he wants us to rest in him because he is indeed our very present help in time of trouble.
4 Praise: “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”-Psalm 100:4
When it seems quiet, you need to praise your way into the victory that God has prepared for you. The Lord inhabits the praises of his people so why don’t you praise him like David did, and see everything turning around for you.
5 Thank God In Advance: Believe that he has done it, and begin to thank him in advance!
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” -1 Thessalonians 5:18. Whether it is good or it is not good, whether it is convenient or not, the will of God concerning you is that you should THANK him!
Don’t be an ingrate.
6. Fellowship With Brethren: Do not forsake the assembly of brethren. Wherever the people of God are, the lord is always there in their midst, maybe you just need to be in that meeting or bible study for God to address your situation. Of course you can pray at home, but there’s a sort of unity, love and power that the holy spirit inspires when the people of God are together –Acts 4:32.
You can get the comfort, love and support you need just by fellowshipping with others! Better Still, God can speak to you through somebody in that gathering.
“Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11
7. Be Very Vigilant: Simply put, watch and pray. Why? “…because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour…” -1 peter 5:8
While you’re expectant, you need to be very careful, because even the devil knows your breakthrough is around the corner, so he will want to try everything to make sure that doesn’t happen. Being vigilant and watching with prayer and thanksgiving will deny the devil that chance because you will be on guard.
The bible tells us to “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving” -Colossians 4:2
This is more than enough advice for us.
8.Wait: Lastly, you need to wait upon the Lord for the manifestation of that which you’ve asked for. You can also be rest assured that while waiting, you’re not losing anything, as a matter of fact, your strength is being renewed!
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31
So wait upon the Lord, and be of good courage, and he will strengthen your heart!
I hope this has encouraged you in some ways?
How do you deal with ‘quiet’ times? I would love to know.
P.s- Guys! I’m starting a new inspiring interview series beginning from this Friday, and this time well we’ll be featuring young entrepreneurs all under 30, their stories, their challenges and their secret to being their own boss! I promise you’ll love it!