Faith

The Quiet Season

The season

Are you feeling like your walk with God is at a timid place? Do you feel like you might be in a season with God where you are quiet with Him, and where He is quiet back?

“We are sinking by our struggles when we might float by faith. Oh, for grace to be quiet!” -Charles Spurgeon

I have had quiet season in my life. Some of those seasons and moments have been the most growing and beneficial times in my walk with God. I’ve experienced the quiet peace of knowing that, even though I am not hearing any direct “words from God,” or experiencing the “writing in the sky,” that I am reassured through scripture that He is with me. He is near.

Throughout the Bible we can see God’s promises. We can know without a shadow of a doubt that he is near, and we can have confidence that we can draw near to Him…even if we are in a “quiet season”.

“In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength…” (Isaiah 30:15).

“So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Heb. 13:6)

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…” (James 4:8)

 Confidence

Here’s what the Bible says about confidence…

    “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,[fn] Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
       “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
The greek word for Confidence is : παρρησία
Transliteration: parrēsia
Pronunciation

pär-rā-sē’-ä (Key)

feminine noun

Root Word (Etymology)

From πᾶς (G3956) and a derivative of ῥέω (G4483)
The KJV translates Strong’s G3954 in the following manner: boldness (8x), confidence (6x), openly (4x), plainly (4x), openly (with G1722) (2x), boldly (with G1722) (1x), miscellaneous (6x).
  1. freedom in speaking, unreservedness in speech or conduct

    1. openly, frankly, i.e without concealment

    2. without ambiguity or circumlocution

    3. without the use of figures and comparisons

  2. free and fearless confidence, cheerful courage, boldness, assurance

(courtesy of blueletterbible.org)

A couple things that I noticed with this greek word is that is a feminine noun. Strange huh? But look at some of the highlights that I bolded for you.

  • Open-without consealment
  • Without ambiguity
  • Without the use of figures and comparisons
  • fearless confidence
  • cheerful courage

We do not need to compare our walk with God to someone else. Sometimes we see a person who is at that “loud season” with God. They are being directed plainly by God, and blessed so clearly. Those people are at a great place with their walk. The “loud seasons” are a blessing too, but they are not usually the constant. God works on all seasons of life.

We don’t need to be ashamed of these quiet seasons. Even in these seasons, we can have confidence as we approach our walk with Him. We can have assurance that he is near.

As you ponder which season you may be in today, or even if you are in a “loud season” in your walk with God, I want to leave you with this prayer.

As you settle your mind and close your eyes, let this be your prayer today. Take a listen.

God bless you on this Sunday! Now go spend time with your family! 🙂

-Z

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