I wanted to share this writing by Max Lucado which was forwarded to me by a very dear friend!

The Silence of Saturday

by Max Lucado • March 30

Jesus is silent on Saturday.  The women have anointed his body and  placed it in Joseph’s tomb.  The cadaver of Christ is as mute as the stone  which guards it.  He spoke much on Friday. He will liberate the slaves of  death on Sunday.  But on Saturday, Jesus is silent.

So is God.  He made himself heard on Friday.  He tore the curtains  of the temple, opened the graves of the dead, rocked the earth, blocked the sun  of the sky, and sacrificed the Son of Heaven.  Earth heard much of God on  Friday.

Nothing on Saturday.  Jesus is silent.  God is silent.   Saturday is silent.

Easter weekend discussions tend to skip Saturday.  Friday and Sunday get  the press.  The crucifixion and resurrection command our thoughts.   But don’t ignore Saturday.  You have them, too.

Silent Saturdays.  The day between the struggle and the solution; the  question and the answer; the offered prayer and the answer thereof.

Saturday’s silence torments us.  Is God angry?  Did I disappoint  him? God knows Jesus is in the tomb, why doesn’t He do something?  Or, in  your case God knows your career is in the tank, your finances are in the pit,  your marriage is in a mess. Why doesn’t He act?  What are you supposed to  do until He does?

You do what Jesus did.  Lie still.  Stay silent.  Trust  God.  Jesus died with this conviction: “You will not abandon me to the  grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay” (Acts 2:27 NIV).

Jesus knew God would not leave him alone in the grave.  You need to  know, God will not leave you alone with your struggles.  His silence is not  his absence, inactivity is never apathy.  Saturdays have their purpose.  They let us feel the full force of God’s strength. Had God raised Jesus fifteen  minutes after the death of His son, would we have appreciated the act? Were He  to solve your problems the second they appear, would you appreciate His  strength?

For His reasons, God inserts a Saturday between our Fridays and  Sundays.  If today is one for you, be patient.  As one who endured the  silent Saturday wrote:  ”Be patient, brethren, until the coming of the  Lord” (James 5:7 NKJV).

© Max Lucado, 2013

 

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