The Sovereign silence!

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Feb 172018
 

When Lazarus was dying, his sisters urgently called for Jesus.
Imagine how their grief must have compounded when He didn’t instantly respond to their request.

God’s silence is difficult to accept.
Why is He silent at times?

Silence delays His action!
We want Him to leap into action when we call, particularly if we are hurting or afraid.

But since He promises to meet our needs-
– we can be sure that a silence from heaven has purpose.

Silence draws our attention!
The disciples knew that Jesus could heal, so they must have wondered why He delayed instead of rushing to His friend’s bedside.

But the Lord wanted them to witness something even greater:
His power over death!

They had been confused by His statements about conquering death, and they needed to understand that He could fulfill His own resurrection prophecies (Mark 9:31-32).
The miracle at Lazarus’ tomb was part of their preparation.

Silence deepens our assurance!
Mary and Martha sent word of Lazarus’ illness because they anticipated that the Lord would heal him.

But would their faith waver if that expectation was not met?
Martha answered the question by stating, “I believe that you are the Christ” (John 11:21-27).

The Lord rewarded the women’s trust with a stunning miracle:
– their brother’s return to life.

At times, the only thing we can hear when we pray is our own breathing.
That can be frustrating and frightening.

But Scripture says God is always with us.
The Sovereign silence will not last forever (Job 23:8-10; Heb.13:5).

Cling to those promises as you seek the purpose behind His silence.

(PA)

Nov 212017
 

“Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives” (2 Peter 3:11).

In the 1800s, an American tourist stopped by the home of Polish rabbi Chofetz Chaim.

The tourist was surprised to find a simple dwelling place filled only with books, a table, and a bench. The tourist asked the rabbi, “Where is all your furniture?”

To which the rabbi replied, “Where is yours?”

The puzzled American said, “Mine? But I’m only a visitor here. I’m only passing through.”

To which the wise Chaim replied, “And I am simply a visitor here on this earth. I’m only passing through.”

Scripture talks about heaven in three different ways:

The celestial and magnificent universe. Psalm 19:1.

The great expanse of space surrounding the earth or its atmosphere. Genesis 1:8.

And the sought-after home of God. Hebrews 4:14.

Heaven is a reality for believers.

The fact that we will one day live forever in the presence of God Almighty is a fundamental doctrine of our faith.

However, the Bible gives several other glimpses into what this heavenly dwelling place will be like.

Heaven is a place prepared for believers where we will spend eternity with God. John 14:1-3.

In heaven, there will be no more death, mourning, crying, or pain. Revelation 21:1-7.

It will be in heaven that we will be like Christ and will recognize one another.1 John 3:2.

I want to challenge you to live in the light of eternity!

– as if you’re just passing through this old earth!!

(PA)

Jul 292017
 

“The Evening and the Morning were the First Day” (Genesis 1:5). 

How different is God’s method from man’s!

The creature works from day to night!

His best is first.

The Creator’s days begin with the preceding eve.

To Him-

Evening first!

Then morning!!

Are you disappointed in Christian life/work?

Remember that God wrought on through long dark ages-

– before His plans were evolved in order and beauty!

The foundation-stone of redemption was laid amid the gloom of Calvary!!

Are you passing through the bitterness?

For weeks there has been no ray of comfort, no sign of deliverance.

Yet every dark hour is hastening toward the dawn.

You shall see your Beloved walking toward you in the morning light.

Are you in despair?

The times are dark, and threaten to get darker.

But if the first creation began in the dark,

Can it be wondered at that the second must begin there to?

But as the one emerged in daylight, so shall the other.

The morning comes!

See the star of day standing sentry!

“For…weeping may remain for a night,

but rejoicing comes in the morning!” Psalm 30:5.

(PA)

Jul 222017
 

“Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives” (2 Peter 3:11).

In the 1800s, an American tourist stopped by the home of Polish rabbi Chofetz Chaim.

The tourist was surprised to find a simple dwelling place filled only with books, a table, and a bench. The tourist asked the rabbi, “Where is all your furniture?”

To which the rabbi replied, “Where is yours?”

The puzzled American said, “Mine? But I’m only a visitor here. I’m only passing through.”

To which the wise Chaim replied, “And I am simply a visitor here on this earth. I’m only passing through.”

Scripture talks about heaven in three different ways:

The celestial and magnificent universe. Psalm 19:1.

The great expanse of space surrounding the earth or its atmosphere. Genesis 1:8.

And the sought-after home of God. Hebrews 4:14.

Heaven is a reality for believers.

The fact that we will one day live forever in the presence of God Almighty is a fundamental doctrine of our faith.

However, the Bible gives several other glimpses into what this heavenly dwelling place will be like.

Heaven is a place prepared for believers where we will spend eternity with God. John 14:1-3.

In heaven, there will be no more death, mourning, crying, or pain. Revelation 21:1-7.

It will be in heaven that we will be like Christ and will recognize one another.1 John 3:2.

I want to challenge you to live in the light of eternity!

– as if you’re just passing through this old earth!!

(PA)

Jun 252017
 

Are you facing a problem-

– that you need to be solved?

We can learn a lot about problem-solving-

– by reading the miracle Jesus performed in the feeding of the 5,000.

When Jesus and the disciples discovered thousands of hungry people-

He asked Philip, “Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” John 6:5.

Jesus wasn’t asking for information.

He already knew what He was going to do. 6:6.

Instead He was trying to give Philip a revelation-

– that we should never assess our problems in the light of our own resources or strength.

We have no right to ask the world to believe our message-

– unless there is something about us that is unexplainable and supernatural.

There must be a divine dimension to our lives.

What does Proverbs 3:5-6 tell you to do-

– when faced with a problem?

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He will make your paths straight”.

(PA)