Good morning. It is Friday, April 1, 2022. Jeanette Stark here.
I am going through a season in my life right now, where God has been silent. Just like the potter, perhaps God has put me on the shelf to cure or dry. There have been years of gathering the clay, cleaning the clay, shaping the clay, drying the clay, firing the clay, and using the clay container but right now God feels a way off.
Don’t get me wrong. My faith is not shaken. I believe in the almighty power of God. I believe Jesus came in the flesh and died for my sins. I believe the Holy Spirit is a gift from our Heavenly Father. But sometimes, sometimes, I just don’t ‘feel’ Him.
It’s okay not to feel. It’s okay to have our faith strengthened through the silence. It is okay to wait.
I think David must have been feeling something similar when he wrote Psalm 40. “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.” Verses 1 and 2. NKJV
He “set my feet upon a rock”. Let’s think about that for a moment. There are many, many types of rock.
One of the softest rocks is shale.
Metamorphic rocks are known to be the hardest.
One of the most visually attractive types of rock is obsidian. I have several pieces of obsidian at my property. More recently a friend brought me a large piece that is quite heavy. It is a jet-black and smooth with jagged edges that can cut you if you are not careful. Just ask my grandson who lifted it out of my jeep.
“Also called volcanic glass, obsidian is a type of extrusive igneous rock that forms when felsic lavas from a volcano cool very quickly once exposed to the atmosphere. As a result of this rapid cooling, the lava has little time to form crystals, which is why obsidian has such a smooth texture.” (Source: outforia.com)
What type of rock do you think the Lord set King David’s feet upon? Surely not soft.
But if we take this one step further…1 Corinthians 10:1-4 “Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.” NKJV
More than likely, you are familiar with the song On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand.
My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand,
all other ground is sinking sand.
In every rough and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the vale.
When all around my soul gives way,
he then is all my hope and stay. [Refrain]
Not earth, nor hell, my soul can move;
I rest upon unchanging love.
I trust his righteous character,
his counsel, promise, and his power. [Refrain]
When he shall come with trumpet sound,
oh, may I then in Him be found,
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before the throne. [Refrain]
Jesus Christ is our solid rock. We can rest upon His unchanging love. Even when we seem to be in a season of silence, we can know, He is there!
Psalm 62:6 tells us that “He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved (or shaken).”
Don’t let the silence shake your faith. Stand on that solid rock, the rock Jesus Christ. Sit in the waiting room and be patient.
I will finish today’s writing with the rest of Psalm 40.
He has put a new song in my mouth—praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.
Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done; and Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.
Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; my ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require.
Then I said, “Behold, I come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me.
I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart.”
I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness in the great assembly; indeed, I do not restrain my lips, o Lord, You Yourself know.
I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation; I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great assembly.
Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O Lord; let Your lovingkindness and Your truth continually preserve me.
For innumerable evils have surrounded me; my iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of my head; therefore my heart fails me.
Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me; o Lord, make haste to help me!
Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion who seek to destroy my life; let them be driven backward and brought to dishonor who wish me evil.
Let them be confounded because of their shame, who say to me, “Aha, aha!”
Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; let such as love Your salvation say continually, “The Lord be magnified!”
But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinks upon me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God.” NKJV