Hundreds of years passed between the close of the Old Testament and the start of the New. Many were asking during that time, “Where is God? Will he ever visit us? Will he ever return? Where are his prophets? Where are his spokespersons? What has happened to him? Does he care about us? Will he ever have favor upon us again? What have we done? Are we guilty? Is that why he has not shown himself to us?”
But God was caring. He was caring, indeed. Soon, his power was about to be displayed. Soon, resurrection power would sweep over the face of the earth! From East to West, from North to South, the glory of the Lord would shine. Indeed, the silence that had been would be no longer. The shout of God was about to come. A noise was about to be heard. A rumbling was on its way. The heavenly host were about to be dispatched. The power of God was about to be revealed.
God, dead? Silent? Not awake? Not caring? But no, nothing could have been further from the truth. The incarnate TRUTH – was about to arrive on the scene. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, the Author of Life, the Lamb of God, was about to take such a “STEP” into this world that all would take notice – and the weak would finally be able to take heart. The despairing would begin to rejoice, the lowly would begin to be exalted, the hopeless would be infused with new hope – yes, the LIGHT of the world was about to STEP into this world.
Glory to God! God was not dead! God had not fallen asleep! The King of Israel had not forgotten about His children! A new day had dawned. Forevermore the world would be changed! Forevermore the world would take notice. Forevermore the sleeper would “wake up” from his sleep. Figuratively, after hundreds of years of silence, God was now “back from the dead,” as it were. Indeed, physical bodies would be raised from the dead and the spiritually dead would be regenerated by the power of God’s Holy Spirit and given new life.
Whatever your situation is today, two words say it all: Trust God. He has not left you, nor forsaken you. He never will, though he appears “silent” at times. He is there all the time, in the midst of your situation. How then shall we live? In a way that is pleasing to God, so that his power will be made evident in us, being unrestricted by any fears, or doubts, or worries. Give your burdens to him, surrender to him, and above all, trust the Lord, for, as it says in the Scriptures, “… in him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28a).
Dear Christian, whatever your circumstances, know that he is with you. Do not “know” based on feelings, for feelings are fleeting! But know based on the soundness of God’s word, in which God says, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5) “… lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:20b). “Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:31) “The LORD [is] merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.” (Psalm 103:8) “As far as the east is from the west, [so] far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12) “O give thanks unto the LORD, for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.” (Psalm 107:1)
May the Lord bless you as you meditate on these things today.