THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING | EASTER DEVOTIONAL 2019
Saturday – Silence Changes Things
Luke 23:50-56 (key verse: 53)
The followers of Jesus must have felt total desolation on this particular day, struggling with feelings of anxiety, fear and mistrust. Their minds must have been busy, re-living the painful events of the previous day. Perhaps the words that Jesus himself had spoken echoed through their minds, ‘My God, why have you forsaken me?’ (Matthew 27:46)
Many Christians go through times when God seems to have disappeared from their lives. His distance is disconcerting and His silence is painful. When we don’t hear from God, it doesn’t mean He has stopped caring or that He has deserted us. Often, we measure God’s presence by our feelings or circumstances, whereas we should measure it by the truth of what He has said and His faithfulness in the past.
‘Just because God is silent, doesn’t mean He is absent. Just because you may not hear Him, doesn’t mean that He doesn’t hear you. Just because you don’t feel His presence, doesn’t mean He’s not with you.’(Craig Groeschel)
But what about us being silent? We talk to God or even at God, but we find it much harder to listen to Him! We need to intentionally practice being still and silent in God’s presence, turning to God simply to be with Him. Will you choose to be silent before God, to enter into His presence and to rest there in His love? Being silent in God’s presence allows Him to fill us with His love and change us to become more like Jesus.