Daily Devotions: The Turning Devotional, Lesson 5

From the Devotional Fiction book The Turning.


“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward
shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.”
Psalm 37:5–6

turning-coverWhen we face challenges, our normal reaction is to pray and ask God for a specific response. Butwhat if God has a different answer to our issue? In fact, what if the issue itself is the stimulus to help us draw closer to him?
What if our prayer request is not in line with God’s direction? And what if this is the reason he has been silent? We need his help; we accept that we do not know what is required and so we use this issue as a reason to stop and listen.

• There are few things more unsettling than to feel helpless, turn to God, and receive only silence in return. When the dark hours become crowded with our weakness, God can seem very distant, and our strength of no benefit. But sometimes such moments of divine silence contain a powerful hidden gift.

• Think back to a time when your need was great, your hour dark, and God remained silent.
Name the hour and speak the need.

• Consider now where you are. Where your faith has brought you. What resolution you have known.
• Is there a lesson here? Can you see God’s hand at work? Did the silence itself play a role in drawing you closer to him?

• By learning to listen, even when God appears not to respond, we prepare ourselves for
whatever he might seek to teach us, and however he might choose to speak.

(c) 2014 by David Bun

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