Slightly Obsessed #057 "Still He Waits" (Weekly Devo) by Pamela Thorson on 2014-01-15 14:09:14
So the LORD said, “I have pardoned them according to your word; but indeed, as I live, all the earth will be filled with the glory of the LORD. Numbers 14:20-21 (NASB)
It's been a tough day in God's world. The images from television and Internet have been especially sobering. Across the planet, hate reverberates across the airwaves as man's inhumanity to man intensifies.
There's only so much a person can take. On a day like this, it's easier to turn away than to watch the carnage. Post a recipe on Pinterest. Go shopping. Shut out the darkness.
Sometimes the silence from heaven itself seems deafening. Can't God see what is happening? Doesn't He care about the innocent men, women, children, and animals being destroyed every day? Where is God as the earth plunges toward destruction?
In Numbers, we are told that the people of Israel had barely been delivered from the Egyptians when the complaining began. As they stood on the brink of the Promised Land, they feared the giants in the land more than they trusted God. So they plotted rebellion.
This breach of trust provoked God so much, He threatened to destroy them and start over with Moses. Moses interceded successfully in their behalf, but not before we are given a glimpse of the tremendous effort with which God holds back His hand from judgment.
God really cares about us. His great heart is broken by the wickedness He must endure every day. He longs to end the conflict and see justice reign on earth. It would only take a word.
But He waits.
His patience is seen as indifference. His long-suffering is viewed as impotence. His silence is interpreted as nonexistence.
And still He waits.
He waits because it gives Him no pleasure to destroy His creation. He longs for His lost world to understand this. He reaches out to us with the gift of life.
Think He doesn't feel our pain? Look at His hands.
Don't be discouraged by what you see happening around you. The day is coming when all the earth will hear His voice. He has sworn by His own name that in that day, the earth will be filled with His glory. He will wipe our tears away, and justice will reign.
Until then, believe that God cares about the suffering. He is at work in our lives, healing and strengthening and comforting all who cry out to Him. With us, He yearns for the day when His glory is released.
With Him, we wait.
About Pamela Thorson:
Pamela Thorson is a licensed practical nurse, author, and full-time caregiver. She pioneered in the homeschooling movement from 1982-2006 and authored her first book, Song in the Night, in 2008. She resides in the Northwest with her family.
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Some days we can barely hear it. Other days it drives us to our knees. But it’s always there; that persistent tug in our souls. Whether we trudge through our days or chase the stars of fame and fortune, we can’t drown out the cry that sounds silently in the pit of our being, jarring us with its urgency and moving us with its tears.
No matter what you may be going through in life, I want you to know that God's grace is sufficient for you. You may have messed up, you may have failed, you may have gone the wrong direction, you may have gossiped, or much worse, but God wants you to know that it does not define who you are. He does. He and His grace is much more powerful than anything you might have said or done. Grace always shocks. It always amazes, and it always stuns. Grace is what we all need. It's what everyone groping around lost in the darkness needs to know.
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