"Sound of Silence" painting by Milenka Delic

Today: Psalms 62; John 9:35-41; John 10:1-21; Ruth 3 & 4

Psalms 62

“My soul waits in silence for God alone; from Him comes my salvation.” Psalms 62:1

Is your soul ever silent? Silence and stillness is the place where I encounter God most powerfully.

Our world offers us so many distractions. We are bombarded with noise 24/7 — Look here! Watch this video!! Buy this!!! But NONE of these things help us get closer to God. In fact, a lot of the noise intentionally pulls us away from God.

It is up to US to shut of the noise and unplug from all the distractions sometimes in order to “wait in silence for God alone.” This is something I do this every single day. The more often we do it, the better. The more we seek God, the more He will reveal Himself to us, the stronger our souls will be, and the less we will be “shaken” by this difficult life.

Unplugging our souls from all the destructive distractions of this world to “wait in silence for God” must be intentional. It will never just happen by accident… the world will make sure of that. And God’s not going to MAKE you do it. We have to purposefully plan to make the time to meet with God regularly. We have to hold that time and guard it because everything in our busy lives will get in the way.

But if we do this, set aside time for God, “wait in silence” for Him, He WILL meet us. He WILL give us “hope” and “strength” and “refuge.” We truly can “trust in Him at all times” and “pour out [our] hearts before Him” because “God is a refuge for us.” (v.8)

"I Once Was Blind But Now I See" art by Tomaz Alen Kopera

John 9

Jesus intentionally sought out the blind man He had healed after the Pharisees put him out of the temple. The blind man had encountered Jesus in the most powerful way. He wanted more of this Jesus who had healed him.

When Jesus asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” he answered, “Who is He, Sir, that I may believe in Him.” (v.35) The healed man WANTED to know more about Jesus. And Jesus found him…

If we WANT to know more about Jesus, if we ASK Him to reveal Himself to us, HE WILL.

Jesus came into this world “so that those who do not see may see.” (v.39)

We are ALL that blind man. When we seek Jesus, He will open OUR eyes as well.

John 10

“I am the door; if anyone enters through ME, he will be saved.” John 10:9

For him who has ears to hear, Jesus made it abundantly clear that HE is the only way to salvation…

Some people would argue that Jesus didn’t say He was the ONLY door in John 10:9. Oh but He did!

He also said, “All those who came before Me are thieves and robbers.” (v.8)

And again… “They will become one flock, with ONE shepherd.” (v.16)

People will twist themselves into all kinds of strange tangles to deny that Jesus claimed to be the only way to salvation. But indeed He did claim that… many times!!

"Ruth and Naomi" painting by Simcha Even-Chaim

Ruth 3 & 4

The Jewish traditions may sound strange to us today. But Boaz, Ruth, and Naomi all respectfully followed their Jewish laws in order for Ruth to honorably become Boaz’s wife. God blessed them all for it! Ruth, a Moabite, became the grandmother of King David!

God will not reject us because of our heritage or our past. When we follow Him, He will bless us in one way or another!!