So my last post I shared a bit about something that we are going through right now and then later on that evening I found an app for my android that has daily devotionals. I am up all hours of the night sometimes and while I feed my sweet little baby I have to stay awake! So I’ve been reading my Bible on there but a devotional is also a great way to spend my time!
I think it is not a coincidence that the very day I read this devotional is a day that I was really struggling with being silent and not “sticking up for myself”. I love how God works. I love how His reminders are so gentle and the day I downloaded that app is the very day I needed to read this devotional thought!!
This comes from Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves (Rom. 12:19).
There are seasons when to be still demands immeasurably higher strength than to act. Composure is often the highest result of power. To the vilest and most deadly charges Jesus responded with deep, unbroken silence, such as excited the wonder of the judge and the spectators. To the grossest insults, the most violent ill-treatment and mockery that might well bring indignation into the feeblest heart, He responded with voiceless complacent calmness. Those who are unjustly accused, and causelessly ill-treated know what tremendous strength is necessary to keep silence to God.
Men may misjudge thy aim,
Think they have cause to blame,
Say, thou art wrong;
Keep on thy quiet way,
Christ is the Judge, not they,
Fear not, be strong.
St. Paul said, “None of these things move me.” He did not say, none of these things hurt me. It is one thing to be hurt, and quite another to be moved. St. Paul had a very tender heart. We do not read of any apostle who cried as St. Paul did. It takes a strong man to cry. Jesus wept, and He was the manliest Man that ever lived.
So it does not say, none of these things hurt me. But the apostle had determined not to move from what he believed was right. He did not count as we are apt to count; he did not care for ease; he did not care for this mortal life. He cared for only one thing, and that was to be loyal to Christ, to have His smile. To St. Paul, more than to any other man, His work was wages, His smile was Heaven.
Wow, did I ever need that bit of encouragement! How about you?