Silent but not Sleeping
Gracious Lord, You guide me through life. I praise You today for strength given me and hope renewed in me.
Read Psalm 44:1-26
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Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION
“Is it possible that God sometimes purposely hides himself so that we may rise to a higher level of spiritual perception?” (Dr. A. Leonard Griffith).
Have you ever felt God was hidden and silent? You had known and loved him, and experienced his guiding and sustaining hand in your life, but life became seriously tough, and your usual sense of God’s presence disappeared. When you cried to him, there was no answer. It was almost like he was asleep, uncaring. Job experienced that for a long time, and so have many Christian saints over the years. Some have described this period of their lives as “the dark night of the soul.”
The precise origin of this communal psalm is not known, but it differs from other psalms pleading for God’s help: here innocence, not disobedience, is professed. The writer conveys his people’s deep, inexplicable trouble in a moving way. They knew from their ancestors all about God’s loving and saving action in planting them securely in their land, but now they are defeated, scattered, disgraced and taunted. They cannot understand: although they have not forgotten God, he seems to have forgotten them. But the story does not end there. There is hope, despite the present darkness. The final verses challenge God to wake up, see what is happening, and help his people. This is not an idle wish, but one based on the certainty of God’s unfailing love, which has redeemed in the past and will do so again. “The last hope of a faithful people is the faithfulness of God” (J.L. Mays).
Jesus’ disciples were just beginning to learn that even the innocent Messiah would soon have to suffer. In a few days he, too, would feel forsaken by God (Mark 15:34). Paul would later remind Christians that, even though at times they might be “considered as sheep to be slaughtered,” nothing would be able to separate them from the love of God in Christ (Rom. 8:36-39).
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). Trust your times of joy and sorrow, contentment and anguish to his love. Look for what God is trying to teach you.
Jesus, I come to You in faith and trust. Help me to cling to You in any dark times I face.
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