Bearing the Silence of God

November 7th, 2008 by Dan Claire Posted in Devotionals
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Here is a brilliant and challenging article by Ziya Meral, our speaker this weekend for the International Day of Prayer. I have excerpted a few lines below.

Where is God when millions of his children are being persecuted in the most brutal ways? Why does he keep silent in the middle of persecution but speak loudly in the middle of conferences with famous speakers and worship bands? …

[T]he incapacity of the modern church to reconcile the suffering of the global church with the God of love is evident. But, our highest good is not a problem-free life; it is to be like the Son….

The greatest glory Jesus brought to God was not when he walked on the water or prayed for long hours, but when he cried in agony in the garden of Gethsemane and still continued to follow God’s will, even though it meant isolation, darkness, and the silence of God. Thus, we know that when everything around us fails, when we are destroyed and abandoned, our tears, blood, and dead corpses are the greatest worship songs we have ever sung….

The dead body is not the end of the story. The one who sacrificed his life is also the one who has been glorified: “because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence” (2 Cor. 4:14). When we identify ourselves with the humiliation, suffering, and death of Jesus, we are also granted the privilege of being identified with the resurrection, glory, and reign of the Lord Jesus Christ. “Therefore … we do not lose heart,” even though we are weakened by suffering (2 Cor. 4:1).