Saturday – December 23, 2017 – Galatians 4:1-7
Today I was thinking about words or phrases that I would like to see disappear from our common usage here in America. The first would probably be, “congrats” in place of congratulations – for some reason that really grates on me and speaks of laziness or maybe just flippancy. (My opinion only, for those who use it a lot.) Second on my list would have to be the phrase “broke his silence.” I think that should only be used, if ever, when speaking up about a matter long kept secret. Nowadays, after only one hour or one day, we hear that “so and so” has broken his/her silence on whatever the newest tragedy or indiscretion is in the news. I think a better term for these situations might be, “. . . is speaking out,” or “shares.”
But as I thought about breaking a silence, a positive example immediately came to mind – it is this: after 400 years of prophetic silence, God finally put into effect a plan that He had decided on long ago, when, (at just the right time) He sent his Son to be the Savior of the world and to show us the way to know Him personally. Now that is a meaningful use of the term, “broke his silence!” God has always had something meaningful to say, but the time had to be right for people to listen and to believe what He had to say. Think of this too: Sometimes a period of “time out” works in disciplining children. God’s time-out apparently was not totally effective because “when Jesus came to His own, they received Him not” (see John 1:11). Now isn’t that just like “some people’s kids,” as we used to say?
Next, consider that when someone breaks his/her silence, we assume the news will be of some import – that it will shed some light on the matter at hand. Often this information comes at a real cost to the sharer, as in the case of family members of those who commit terrible deeds against innocent people. We all cry with the parents of these wayward children. God’s experience was somewhat similar yet opposite, in that He was sending His innocent, beloved Son to pay the price for sins committed by a rebellious world! His pain is not talked about, but when God “broke the silence” we heard about the future evil to be inflicted upon His only son. Can you imagine how that hurt?! Jesus left His Father and His glory in Heaven to come and pay a ransom He did not owe – He was totally sinless, yet He gave His life for a sinful world.
This year, be sure to send a thank-you note to God for His gift of His Son by accepting Him totally into your heart and life, and then rejoice in your new life with Him. If you have done this, then please “break your silence” and tell everyone what He has done for you. This will make the Father glad!
Dear Father, thank You for the gift of Your Son, Jesus! Because You sent Him and He freely came, I can rejoice in Him as my Savior and Friend. Thank You for paying a debt I could never pay. Thank You for adopting me into Your forever family. Give me the fortitude to often tell others of what you have done for me. Amen.