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"When God Says Nothing"

January 25, 2003

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Psalm 28:1 "Do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if You remain silent, I will be like those who have gone down to the pit."

Does it bother you that God never seems to say anything? There is plenty for Him just now to talk about. If only He'd come out and prove by some word that He is there and with that word resolve the things that are so wrong about His world. But God says nothing. Why?

There is a silence on the part of God that condemns us. We cannot pass off lightly what we have done to break His heart. But listen, you can always take whatever it is that you have done and lay it before your God and ask Him for forgiveness. And if you do, God will tell you, "Your sins are all forgiven." If God is silent with you, you can break that silence by asking Him to forgive your sins.

Do not interpret God's silence as a sign that He has ceased to care. Remember He is the One who left His throne in heaven and exchanged it for a bed of straw at Christmas time because He cares; He is the One who let the soldiers mock and beat and crucify him because He cares; He is the One who bore our grief and carried our sorrows because He cares. We mustn't believe He doesn't care. Oh, yes, He cares, even when it seems He says nothing!

PRAYER: Give us faith, O blessed Savior, to look up and see that You are there. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800 325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: Job 41-42    Matthew 16

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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