Daily Devotion 4-4-2020

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Silent Resolve
Reading Isaiah 53:7-12

Have you ever felt like you were in a downward spiral of one tragedy after another? How do you respond? I have certainly had those times in my life during which I was experiencing one bad circumstance after another. But when we look at Isaiah 53:7-12 which accurately prophesies everything our Lord Jesus went through, our suffering pales in comparison to his. He was oppressed, afflicted, slaughtered like a lamb, judged, punished, died and assigned to a grave with the wicked and it was the LORD’s will to crush him, so that we might experience God’s grace. How did Jesus respond to all of this? With silence…he did not open his mouth with one single complaint. No one came to his defense during all of this. All of those who followed him suddenly were not there. But he did not say one word.

Oh, that we could be more like Jesus right now. Many of us are growing weary as we wait and maybe are suffering from different types of afflictions. Obviously, there are those who are suffering physically with  COVID-19 itself or from other diseases that cannot be treated easily due to circumstances and limited resources devoted to COVID-19… and then others are suffering psychologically or emotionally from being apart from loved ones or from fear and anxiety resulting from all that is going on in our nation right now. Let us each commit to lean into God right now, just as Jesus did knowing that God will see us through, sustain us and deliver us. The truth is that what we are going through is nothing compared to what Jesus went through since he took on ALL our sins, pain and suffering, all at once, on the cross; if we could only try to respond as he did in silence, without complaint and, with great resolve and complete trust in God’s perfect will for our lives. Let’s try to be more like Jesus who is sitting next to God the Father and interceding on our behalf… right now! Praise be to God!

Dear God, let us use this “alone time” to reflect on your son, Jesus, and your matchless grace poured out on us through him. Help us to be more like him: to be silent in our affliction and to know that you are going to sustain us and deliver us if we but yield to and receive your gift of grace. And in so doing, may others witness this and be drawn ever closer to you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 
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