Summary: If you have prayed, fasted and still your life is not making the kind of progress you had anticipated, it could be that you are in God's season of waiting or experiencing a time of silent years, in other to enable God to release you into the breakthrough or success that He has ordained for you.
THE MYSTERY OF DIVINE SILENT YEARS
“Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim Zophim, of the mountains of Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2 And he had two wives: the name of one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.” 1 Samuel 1:1-2.
The Jewish law as at the time of Hannah's predicament, provided for the right and requirement of a husband to take a second wife if a ten-year union had produced no offspring. When therefore Hannah had not giving birth to a child after ten years of marriage as a result of her condition, Elkanah took another woman, a second wife – whose name was Peninnah.
Barrenness does not have to do only with child bearing. One may be barren in ministry, academically, financially, professionally, materially, socially, psychologically, politically, and worse of it all, spiritually.
Many people in Hanna's time would have mocked her and assumed she was "not right with God" because of her situation. This is so common, even in the Body of Christ today.
People may think a spinster or bachelor has somehow failed to do the right thing, not dealt with some secret sins or God would have given them a spouse. It may be suggested, that a woman believing God for a child isn't "doing something right", or she would have had children. Perhaps they aren't praying enough, or perhaps they have messed up in their reproductive system. These judgmental attitudes from fellow believers are very discouraging.
Maybe as you are reading this, there are judgmental people around you who have concluded that nothing good can ever come out of you; but God is telling you today, hold on! It's not over. Don't give up! God has the final say over your life and situation. He has not written the last chapter of your life's book yet. Your miracle can still happen. God is still in the business of miracles and surprises.
I hear God saying, tell someone reading this, it's not too late! You're not too old. Your menopause that has paused is about to start again.
You may have watched others get blessed, get healed, get promoted, get married, and become parents. And it looks as if your time will never come. But, you can't give up now. Yours will surely. Only God has the final say! He has not abandoned you.
You may not have received your miracles when others got theirs, but, be certain of this, when yours arrive, it shall be the talk of the town. The miracles you desire may have been delayed, but when that day come, everyone will bear witness that God Himself made it happen.
Get ready! The door of your breakthrough is about to open.
According to the Bible, Hannah wasn’t barren, her womb was merely temporarily closed by God. Her inability to conceive wasn’t as a result of an evil covenant or curses, nor was it an attack of the enemy; God Himself closed her womb for a reason. Samuel was on the way, and God closed the womb in preparation for his arrival.
Sometimes God will close a door because He has something better for you.
Sometimes. God will close doors so that you can change directions.
Sometimes, God will close doors so that you can learn to pray more. Closed doors teach us to pray more strategically and precisely.
Sometimes, God close doors so that you will stop trusting in man. You might have been given hope day after day, by their soothing words of promise. Until one day you are disappointed.
Sometimes, God close doors when He's preparing you for the task ahead-David.
Finally, sometimes, God close doors so that you will wait for His time. God's time is the best.
If you find a closed door, ask God to open it. If He doesn’t, then don’t fight it. Instead, try asking Him why the door is closed, and try listening to His response.
Sometimes, when God wants to bring the very best, He might shut out the inferior from coming to you. He might deny you of certain job because of a bigger one He has for you; God might closed doors on some relationships in order to bring you into a better relationship that will turn your life around; He might stop your preferred opportunities from manifesting because He has opened doors for you elsewhere.
Sometimes, God closes a door because He has hidden you from the enemy until the time of your manifestation.
Each one of us has our own silent years. In fact, many are in theirs now.
WHAT IS THE SILENT YEARS?
"For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2:3.