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Session 3

What to do when God is silent

Read: 1 John 2:18-29

Have you ever been through a season where you felt like you weren’t hearing from God or seeing Him work in your life? You prayed, you studied the Bible, and you begged for a clear sign that He hears you. But nothing. Just silence.

After a while, it’s easy to think, "Maybe I’m not even really saved."

In 1 John 2:18-29, one of Jesus’ closest friends reminds us that we are children of God. No matter what we feel on any given day, if we know the Father, and we declare that Jesus is Lord, we are His and we are promised eternal life.   

When everything about our circumstances tells us to turn our backs on God, John says, "remain in him" (1 John 2:27). Often our best next step when we feel like God is silent is simply to keep moving forward.

Persevere in the last thing God told you to do, trusting that He is working behind the scenes. Persevere in the knowledge that you are His, trusting that everything He does will somehow work together for your good. And finally, persevere in praying, reading the Bible, and coming to church, trusting that He will meet you there.

John promises that if we’ll push through the tough times, we can be confident and unashamed before Jesus when He returns (1 John 2:28).

We can’t always see God in action or hear His audible voice, but He is always there. God is speaking every day in ways we don’t expect. The same way that deep friendships are developed through seasons of conflict, seasons of joy, seasons of closeness and seasons of separation, our relationship with God deepens as we persevere in faith through the ebb and flow of life.


  • Have you ever felt like you couldn’t hear from God?
  • What did God teach you through that season?
  • What is one step you need to take this week to persevere in your faith?

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