Who hasn’t been in that awkward situation where you send someone a message, it shows that they have ‘seen’ the message, but they don’t reply? ‘Hmm,’ you wonder. “Is this person ignoring me?”
Or have you ever delayed responding to a message after you opened it, then had the person ask you why you didn’t respond?
No doubt, it’s an uncomfortable feeling when someone doesn’t respond, especially when you know they’ve seen your message.
O my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer – Psalm 22:2
It’s one thing when a human being has seen your message and they don’t respond – it’s quite another situation when God has heard and seen you but still chooses not to answer.
For the record, there are many reasons why people don’t respond; it doesn’t mean that they are deliberately ignoring you.
Have you been there; you cry, pray, claim Bible scriptures but God still isn’t responding?
What about that beautiful promise in Jeremiah 33, “Call me to me and I will answer you”?
There are many individuals in the Bible who were left on ‘seen’ by God:
Job – “I cry out to You for help, but You do not answer me” (Job 30:20).
King Saul – Saul inquired of God, “Shall I go down after the Philistines? Will You give them into the hand of Israel?” But He did not answer him on that day (1 Samuel 14:37).
Israel – “the LORD will not answer you” (1 Samuel 8:18)
When God doesn’t seem to answer our prayers (or leaves us on ‘seen’), there’s always a good reason. Here are just a few of them…