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When God is Silent – Week Three Blog

Posted on: November 3rd, 2016 by E-Free Lethbridge

I’ve been following the comic strip, Coffee With Jesus, for a few years now. I appreciate how the strip uses humour to make a point. Sometimes that point hits uncomfortably close to home!

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I may or may not own a Hawaiian shirt.

The premise is pretty simple: it’s usually four panes showing someone interacting with Jesus. There is a limited cast of characters; each strip features one of the characters. I’ve come to recognize and identify with the different characters as I follow the strip.

Sometimes the comic is funny. Sometimes it is more touching. Sometimes it is very convicting.

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Every once in a while it is profound.

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As we’ve journeyed together through our sermon and small group series, we’ve been learning that when God is silent, he is not powerless. Sometimes when God is silent he is working most powerfully. Although God never appeared or spoke to Joseph, he was orchestrating events to get Joseph into a position to save his family and a nation from devastating famine.

However, when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, our real question isn’t “God, what are you doing?” but “God, where are you?” This comic reminds me that when God is silent, he is not absent. Even when Joseph was in jail, the Lord was with him. Even when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, the Lord is with me (Psalm 23).

This comic also reminds me that Jesus is not unmoved by the hurt and pain of our experiences. It reminds me that “we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses” (Hebrews 4:15). It reminds me that Jesus wept at his friend’s grave.

As Peter Kreeft puts it in Lee Strobel’s The Case for Faith: “Jesus is there, sitting beside us in the lowest places of our lives… Are we broken? He was broken, like bread, for us. Are we despised? He was despised and rejected of men. Do we cry out that we can’t take it anymore? He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Do people betray us? He was sold out himself. Are our tenderest relationships broken? He too loved and was rejected… Every tear we shed becomes his tear. He may not wipe them away yet, but he will.”

Until that day, I can be confident that even when life is hard and he is silent that he is still present, he is still in control, and he still loves me very much, even though, as the psalmist says, “his footprints were not seen” (Psalm 77:19).

For more Coffee with Jesus go to www.radiofreebabylon.com

 

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