April 16 – Easter Week – Silent Saturday

Editor:  This week is Easter Week, also called Passion Week and Holy Week.  During each day this week, Every Day with God will focus on some of the events involving Jesus on the different days of this week, which ultimately led to His death and resurrection. 

There’s an old proverb that says, “Silence is golden.”  At times this is true, especially when it comes to those people who love to talk above everything else. Silence can be precious.

The mother who just managed to get her toddler to sleep will agree with that statement. Silence is also golden for the weary traveler who finally reached home after hours spent on a plane, listening to the throbbing jet engine. Silence is even golden for the teacher enjoying Spring Break who doesn’t have students clamoring for attention or answers.

But silence isn’t always golden.  In a loving relationship with your spouse, your parents, or your children, you love to hear from them.  And when it comes to connecting with God, silence is not what we’re looking for.

The inter-testamental period, the gap between the Old Testament Prophet Malachi and the launch of the ministry of John the Baptist, is referred to as “400 silent years.” God did not appear to be on speaking terms with mankind.

During that time many of God’s own chosen people wondered if something happened to Him and felt as if He had forgotten them. Yet God was very much at work preparing for the first coming of His Son through whom He would speak loudly and clearly.

On Saturday of Easter Week, God again seemed to be silent.  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. 

But nothing on Saturday… especially as far as the fearful and scattered disciples were concerned. God was silent. But Easter was coming!

Easter weekend discussions tend to skip Saturday.  Friday and Sunday get the press.  The crucifixion and resurrection command our attention.  But don’t ignore Saturday. 

You have experienced Silent Saturdays. It’s when you feel like saying, “Is God angry with me?  Did I disappoint Him?”  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 intervenes?

You do what Jesus did.  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 the Father would not leave Him alone in the grave.  That same Father will not leave you alone with your struggles.  Max Lucado writes, “His silence is not his absence, inactivity is never apathy.”

Silent 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)

At times our world appears to be facing a Silent Saturday.  Does God care about what is happening?  When will He stop the war, hatred, anger, racism, abuse and pain?  Maybe you’ve wondered if God cared enough to hear you.

Yes, He will deliver us from the issues we’re facing because He’s a God of grace. He’s in the habit of helping those who don’t deserve it.

Just like those in the first century, we are waiting for His intervention. With the Apostle John, we say, “Even so come on Jesus!” 

And Silent Saturdays will end.

Bob Fetterhoff

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