Daily Devotions: January 17, 2018

Daily Devotions: January 17, 2018

Psalm 62:5-8

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

Every day we are besieged by “breaking news” from around the world. Breathless commentators go on and on about a new tweet, an uptick in the stock market, a terrorist attack in a subway, an earthquake, a massive snow storm….the list goes on and on…and our little minds can scarcely take it in. And then we wonder. If it’s all so important why is it so forgettable? Who can even remember what last month’s crisis was all about? Besides, what’s really important is the Super Bowl! Except…most of us can’t remember who won last year! When we take time to reflect it seems obvious that the psalmist is right. Only God can give peace and hope to our souls…and that involves patiently waiting in silence…maybe even without our earbuds! But who can do that? When we can’t stand even a momentary delay in our internet connections how can we even think about waiting for anything? We wouldn’t mind getting peace from God, but we’d like it now! Of course that’s not how God works. It’s only when we learn to slow down and bathe our souls in silence that we hear the still, small voice that gives hope. The first step is the hardest: turning off the external noise. After that it’s a matter of finding a time and a place to wait. God will come…we can count on it…and our souls will give thanks.

Thought for the Day: What happens when I wait in silence?


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