Whew, we've covered a LOT of ground this week! Can I get an "Amen"?
And if you’re still working your way through all the prophets, KEEP GOING! I know it may take a little more effort to go through this part, but the perspective you’ll gain from it in the end will be worth it — promise!
Wherever you may be in the reading, though, have you noticed what’s been happening all throughout the Old Testament? People made a mess of things, then God made a way. Then people made a mess again, then God made a way again. Then ... well, you get the picture.
Even David, a man described as one after God’s own heart, screwed it up BIG time. But then what happened? You guessed it — God made a way!
I think if I were God, I would’ve given up on people long ago, but that’s just not what He does. And even all those many years ago, He already had a plan in place to make things right. In fact, it was a plan He had been hinting at since the beginning of time, and one we’re going to see come to fruition next week when we jump into the New Testament.
But between the end of the Old Testament and the start of the New, there were 400 years of silence. Four hundred years where God’s people were left with the hope of promises not yet fulfilled. Four hundred years they were left to cling to the belief that, as Angie Smith says on page 112:
“This is temporary. Our Savior is coming and He will make all of this right eventually.”
For all those many years, God may have been silent, but as we’ll learn about next week, He wasn’t done yet. There was more to the story. MUCH more. And that same truth still holds for us today.
So, whatever we may be facing and no matter the silence, hear me when I say:
This IS temporary, our Savior IS coming, and He WILL make all of this right eventually!
With all that in mind...
Reflect and Respond:
Is there a situation in your life you need to speak that truth of God over today? What can you do in the silence while you wait on Him?