Still-There

Still There

While walking with Matthias today. He wanted to sit down on the driveway and play with his toys while I walked back and forth. As I kept getting a little further away he kept yelling to me and asking about noises and whether there might be a car coming. Every time I would answer him and start to walk further he would call out to me again and I finally said I’m right here I’m listening and watching, you are ok. Then God reminded me that he is right there too and I don’t need to keep checking to see if he’s there. He’s always listening and watching. Sometimes we start to feel alone at times when things are hard but He doesn’t leave us. We don’t need to trust in feelings, we need to trust in His promises. He is faithful.

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” (Hebrews 13:8

“: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5)

Broken

Broken

While playing with my son today. He wanted to show me some of his rocks. He shows me one rock that is a blue color with some tan spots. He says it is special because it is the world, but it is broken. I immediately thought of how true that is. God made our world special. He made each part of it perfect. He gave us everything we would need or want, yet it wasn’t enough. With the choice to succumb to temptation of wanting more, we allowed sin to creep in and break that perfect relationship that God had created. The world became broken. Broken by sin. It is amazing that the world is still standing, considering how it has treated its creator. Each generation that has turned against Him has continued the cycle of brokenness. But Praise God, He made a way to mend the brokenness. His name is Jesus Christ. He came and died our death and rose again so the brokenness could be mended. “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:17) We don’t deserve it, but He offers it freely. The broken rock I was holding could be glued back together, but the damage would always be visible. Unlike my sons rock, when Jesus mends the broken, He makes them a new creation. His glue covers all of our brokenness. Bring your brokenness to Him and stand on His solid rock.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. (Psalm 51:17)

Silence

Silence

While reading over the scriptures in Luke chapter 1 telling the Christmas story, I began to think about Zacharias and his silence. The Bible says that both Zacharias and Elisabeth were righteous before God and well stricken in years. There is no doubt that they had seen Him perform miracles in their lives many times before. I’m sure they had prayed for a child faithfully for years. They may have come to the stage in their lives where they have accepted that it must not be God’s will. Zacharias reacted with fear when the angel showed up in the temple. Sometimes I think we all reach a point where we either accept that the answer we hoped for must not be what God planned and sometimes when God does send the answer we hoped for, we react in fear and doubt as if we’ve forgotten His faithfulness. There are times when we receive the hoped for answer in God’s time and we begin to question God about the blessing and wonder how things will possibly work out. It seems at those times we forget all those miracles He has already performed. We forget that He has never failed us and His promises are always true. Zacharias was promised joy and gladness. He was told of what a Godly man his son would be, yet there was still that little bit of doubt that made him question how it could be possible. How many times do we do the same? We have promises written down for us in God’s word and we too have seen Him work miracles in our own lives as well as others, yet there is still those moments of doubt. Zacharias’ voice was taken from him until his son was born. He was silent for nine months. Sometimes we need to be silent. God still keeps his promises in spite of the moments of doubt that we may have. I’m so glad He keeps his promises in spite of me and my weaknesses. He knows me yet he still loves and blesses me. God kept His promise to Elisabeth and Zacharias. They had a son named John and he became a wonderful man of God that lead many to follow God. His plans are always better than ours. He has proven it time and time again in our lives, yet sometimes we still have trouble letting go and letting Him move. He will keep His promises to you just as he did for them. Keep trusting in His word. Remember sometimes we need to just be silent and let God do His work. He is faithful.

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke 1:37)