Goodbyes Become Hello

As communication technology improves, we connect faster than ever with people. A message is sent instantly. A phone call or even a video call brings the most distant of friends near, almost like they are in the room with you. 
However, have you ever thought you were being ignored? It is some times an irritating feeling, and at other times a painful feeling. Job felt suddenly distant. “Who calleth upon God, and he answereth him?” (Job 12:4). The close contact he once enjoyed seemed silent now. Oh, how much Joseph wished to embrace his father who loved him supremely, yet to see his father again seemed less and less likely with each passing year. Paul desired to be able to fellowship with so many faithful believers in Rome. He even mentions many by name and favorably describes their value in the kingdom of heaven. The weight of silence caused Jesus’ disciples to mourn and weep (Mark 16:10). They, like Job, must have felt they were “as one mocked of his neighbour, [and] is laughed to scorn” (Job 12:4). Where is their great Master and King now?
The Bible says, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). The first beams of hope burst from the dark jagged horizon of discouragement. Joseph “made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father…and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while” (Genesis 46:29). For a moment consider the ecstasy that possessed Mary Magdalene’s soul. She knew darkness and solitude when she was incarcerated by seven devils, but Jesus rescued her from their power then and forever as she hears the resurrected Savior’s call!
We may ask, “How long, O Lord?” We may feel the weight of the silence, but don’t forget “the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly” (Romans 16:20). The goodbyes which you may think will never end, will one day become hello forever. Make certain you are listening for “the voice of my beloved” and “prepare to meet thy God.” Because of Him, our hope is still alive!

My hope is still alive!

My hope is still alive!

My Savior lives forever, Praise God, and so shall I.

Hallelujah, Christ is risen.

All pow’r to Him is given.

Christ Jesus lives.

My hope is still alive!

— Ron Hamilton


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