Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.” vs. 5

Psalm 62:5-8

There are some who had occasion this holiday weekend to reflect on the life and ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While in his lifetime many considered him to be a troublemaker and a threat to national security, we now see more clearly his intent and his purpose. He had a dream of a world in which divisions based on race or ethnicity would be eroded and replaced by a sense of inclusion and mutual respect. When some civil rights advocates turned to violence in response to injustice, he never wavered from his commitment to non-violence, following the spirit of Gandhi. His strength came from his faith convictions. Nurtured in the black congregations that were a part of his heritage and by regular worship, he understood the liberating message of Jesus Christ and yearned to see the freedom promised in the gospel. The liberation that he was looking for wasn’t going to happen as the result of human effort. Such a momentous change could only come from God, and he had learned the importance of patiently waiting for that moment in which the Spirit would act. By the time he died much remained to be accomplished. Racism is an insidious enemy! But he had had a glimpse, he had “been to the mountaintop” and seen a vision of his hope fulfilled. And now we continue to wait on God, perhaps no longer in silence, but still hoping for the end of prejudice and bigotry.

Thought for the Day: What am I waiting for God to do?


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