John 18:1-18; 2 Chronicles 26; Psalm 83
I see wickedness in society and it bugs me; and I cry out to God. I see injustice and oppression and my spirit is grieved; and I call upon God. I see people in pain and my heart aches for them. I pray for God to respond. Yet wickedness continues to flourish in society; injustice and oppression are everyday occurrences, and people continue to walk around in physical, mental, and emotional pain.
I cry out with the Psalmist: “O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still.” (Psalm 83:1) I make that my prayer, and it seems like God is still silent. I may beat my chest and yell at God, seeking any kind of response; and the silence crushes my spirit. I wonder how God can maintain His silence while my world crumbles around me.
Slowly but surely, while we are railing against the silence, our eyes open and we begin to see evidence of God’s presence and power around us. He reminds us of the beauty of His creation and we realize that He’s still in control. We see small kindnesses performed by strangers; we see brothers and sisters in Christ rallying to help and support those in pain; we see God’s grace in action as people’s lives change. We realize that God seems silent when we focus on ourselves and our desires; when we shift our focus to this world that God loves we are able to sense His presence and activity in many different ways.
Lord, I know that You are not silent – yet sometimes it seems like You have forgotten Your children. Remind me to seek You in the silence. Let me see Your presence in Your world today.