He Is Not Like Us

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 50:21 – “These things you have done and I kept silence; you thought that I was just like you. I will reprove you and state the case in order before your eyes.”

The police silently pulled up in front of the house in the early morning hours. Lights were on in the house, and in the covering of darkness they surrounded the place. Then they pounded on the door, announced themselves, and broke in the door to enter the house.

As the couple were being led from the house to the police cruiser, neighbors stood around watching all that was going on. The man yelled at the bystanders and chastised his neighbors for calling the police. He said, “We didn’t think you cared. Nobody ever said anything.” One of the neighbors replied, “You made the mistake of concluding that our silence meant approval.”

This is not the only instance in which it may have appeared that God was slow in answering prayer. Habakkuk cries out to God, “How long, O Lord, will I call for help, and You will not hear? I cry out to You, Violence! Yet You do not save.” Why were there 400 years between the testaments?

I certainly can conclude that those gaps in time were not because God is like us. Isaiah 55:9 – “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Often we hear comments about the length of time it has been since the promised return of Jesus. Their conclusion is that there must not be any return at all. But His silence does not mean that God is just like us.

Song: “Unto Thee Oh Lord”

God, we not only acknowledge your return, but we anticipate it. We want to be ready and that means that we acknowledge who you are and follow in your footsteps. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Dennis Russell, Santa Maria, CA
dennislrussell@comcast.net