Crickets And Bill Collectors

My face is red with weeping. Deep darkness is on my eyelids. Although there is no violence in my hands, and my prayer is pure. Job 16:16 WEB

Bills steadily piled up at our house, with no income to pay them. I had just spent a couple of months of intensely seeking the Lord, praying with my face to the carpet for two hours a day, and soaking in His presence like a warm blanket. Then suddenly our business dried up, and as the months passed, I began to feel alone, and abandoned. When I tried to pray, I no longer got an answer. When I tried to worship, there was no presence. When we gave, we just had less. When we fasted, we were just hungry. I know that He will never leave you nor forsake you, but I could only hear crickets, and bill collectors.

During that season, I learned this: When a school teacher is teaching the class, they will answer any questions that you have. But when the test begins, there is silence in the classroom. The teacher won't give you the answers. You are supposed to use the knowledge that you recently learned to pass the test. The teacher is still there, but they do not speak until the test is over.

Job was a righteous man who went through a test. When everything fell apart, there was only silence. God showed up at the end of it and Job was restored. In my life, I went through a test. After several months of no work and intense pressure, we were packing to move out of our home. It ended abruptly and in twenty-four hours everything changed for us. The Lord put us into ministry, I became a pastor, and a friend stepped in and paid all of our bills for the month. The test was over, His presence returned, and like David and Job, we recovered all.

If all that you hear are crickets and bill collectors, know that this is just a test. Keep the faith, do not give up today. Keep praying, and try to stay positive. It will eventually pass and you will be taken to a new level. As Job sat there on the ground having lost everything, he probably did not see the blessings that were soon coming, for the Lord blessed the latter part of Job's life, more than the beginning (Job 42:12).

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I come to You and ask for mercy. Please bring the things that You have taught me back to my remembrance. Give me the grace to pass the tests that I face. Fulfill Your will in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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