What I Read Today;
Romans 12; Matthew 12; Lamentations 3; Psalm 133; 1 Samuel 29
Each day, my wife and I listen to the Illinois Governor’s daily press briefing. There have been moments when we’ve sat in stunned silence and other moments when we’ve wanted to scream.
We’ve also watched some of the President’s briefings with similar emotions. It seems as if our leaders have lost their minds.
Every day we hear from the experts. It’s easy for academics who work for state and federal government to say, “stay home.” It’s easy to tell people that when you are not the one missing a paycheck, because the government is your employer.
Each day I see small business owners and those who are unemployed and not receiving checks begging for help.
It seems we have put our faith and trust in the wrong people.
Jeremiah faced a similar situation. His country was destroyed, and now he was a prisoner in Egypt. Yet he would write these words of comfort to those who were hurting;
Lamentations 3:22-36, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore, I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” NRSV
Jeremiah understood that despite everything that had happened to him, God was still there. In the silence of suffering, God remains our rock and hope.
For too long, we have put our hope in our government, our careers, and our bank accounts. In these moments, we are reminded to turn to the one who has our eternal lives in his hands. We are reminded of the mercies of our loving God.
Sometime today, tune out the noise. Allow the silence to wrap itself around you. Allow God to come to you in a moment of silence. Listen for his voice.