November 10 – Resting In Silence

“My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.” – Psalm 62:5-6 (NASB)

There are times in our lives that our best option is to back away from our worries and take a respite, like a breather. The idea of waiting in silence as we read in this verse is very close to the idea of resting.  God created us humans and gave us a physical body that needs rest for recuperation from the work we do.  God also gave us a soul which also requires rest and we get that rest by waiting for God in silence.  When we wait we can hear and learn to believe in God’s promises.  That’s what gives us hope and that hope comes from God.  Our word ‘hope’ means a way to wish. We want but don’t know if we will get it and perhaps will be disappointed.  But God created us to have hope that comes from Him and never disappoints us.  Our hope grows and gets stronger as we wait in silence.  As we wait in silence, we think about and meditate on what God has promised.  He promises hope from his unchangeable character and lovingkindness.  Today let’s do it; let’s wait only for God and for Him alone.

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March 14 – When Feeling Separation

“My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning. O my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer; And by night, but I have no rest.” – Psalm 22:1-2 (NASB)

Can anyone read these verses – especially the first verse – without remembering these words were uttered by Jesus on the Cross. We are also pretty sure that most of us at some time in our lives, and maybe even right now, have experienced emotions similar to what David was feeling here. We have anguish that overwhelms; we cry out to God but no answer comes immediately. But of course we don’t claim to know what Jesus went through and felt when God poured out his wrath on his Son who carried all our sins with him to the cross. Even David writing these words while guided by the Holy Spirit, was not feeling what Christ felt. But he was feeling separation and deserted. Further in this psalm, we learn that David did have his head on straight. He knew God had not deserted him or turned His back on David. The last words “I have no rest” are better translated “there is no silence for me.” And for us when God seem absent or not taking up our cry, we too can’t let up continuing to worship God with what we know is true. That is what David does.

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