8-Liners

 

When God Speaks with Silence

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God’s faithfulness speaks loudest in the silence

Don’t mistake quietness for a lack of guidance

He brought you here without saying a word

Don’t mourn because it’s not what you preferred

God doesn’t have to give you an explanation

Just trust that He’s leading you to your destination

Even in the silence, His hand still remains true

Just as He promised, He will be faithful to you

 

Waiting on God

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While it’s true that patience is a virtue

That doesn’t mean the wait won’t hurt you

This is the perfect time to persevere

Instead of turning and running in fear

You know God is putting your faith to the test

Will you trust Him while He takes care of the rest?

Remain faithful to Him and endure to the end

For the reward that brings joy you will never comprehend

 

Pick Up the Sword

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The Word of God is sharper than any double-edged sword

Yet far too often, it lies on your shelf entirely ignored

So in the moment you find yourself facing temptation

You struggle immensely to get out of the situation

The desire to overcome is overcome by the desire to sin

Keeping you away from the Word and the truth within

So you keep falling and falling, over and over again

If you want to be free, pick up the sword and use it to conquer your sin

 

What Faith is All About

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Not a day goes by without this thought

A pursuit worth the war to be fought

Echoing silence from the dream pursued

Even though in the distance it can be viewed

A matter of time, but you know not when

Let this not discourage you from within

Take the next step and do not doubt

Pursue your dream and learn what faith is all about

 

The Shadow in the Distance

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A sight beheld from the perspective on high

Seen uninhibited with the naked eye

Even through the darkness that did appear

There remains nothing left for me to fear

God’s faithfulness still shines just as bright

Casting the shadow even in the night

Showing my future be written by His hand

And nothing can change what the Lord did command

 

Just Let Go

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The past that holds you down in despair

Always on your mind in consistent warfare

Even though you hear that forgiveness reigns true

The guilt of that sin still finds its way to you

When Christ hung on that cross, He bore all of your guilt

And forgave every trespass by the precious blood He spilt

Therefore the guilt you bear has already been atoned for

Because of Christ, you do not have to hold on to that guilt anymore

 

The Struggle to Surrender

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If I knew what You knew, I’d ask for what you have given

Not asking for some other fantasy to live in

Though I find it hard sometimes to be content

Being ungrateful is never my intent

At least I know this path for me is written

I don’t have to worry about where this or that will fit in

It really is a complete surrender to Your will

I wish my flesh wouldn’t struggle to trust You still

When God Speaks with Silence

When God Speaks with Silence

God’s faithfulness speaks loudest in the silence
Don’t mistake quietness for a lack of guidance
He brought you here without saying a word
Don’t mourn because it’s not what you preferred
God doesn’t have to give you an explanation
Just trust that He’s leading you to your destination
Even in the silence, His hand still remains true
Just as He promised, He will be faithful to you

          A few weeks ago, I began to write poetry with fewer words. When God Speaks with Silence was my first attempt at this. Like all my poems, there is one obvious meaning and there is one hidden meaning. If you reflect on what I write, you may be able to interpret the second meaning. For example, the obvious purpose behind this poem is to remind us that God often speaks with silence. Too often, we believe that His silence is a sign of ignoring our prayer or our cry for help. This is never the case. John Piper famously said that God is always doing 10,000 things in your life and you may be aware of about 3 of them. At every moment of your existence and even before you were even dreamt of by your parents, God was working on your behalf. Each breath you take, and every heartbeat is a sign that God is actively working in your life. When I say God speaks with silence, this is just one way I am referring to. Think of the events of today. God provided you with at least two meals so far, perhaps even three, with more to come, Lord willing. You have a roof over your head right now, access to technology that allows you to read these words from anywhere in the world, and more than likely a job that allowed you to purchase these things. All these things were given to you purely by grace and He did that without saying a word. He just provided because He is good. I certainly know  that I am the sinner of sinners and I do not deserve anything He gave me. Despite that, I still woke up this morning because He chose to wake me up this morning. And you know what? You woke up this morning too. None of us deserved to wake up today. Life today was not promised, and if we are honest with ourselves, He should have killed us yesterday. He would have been just in doing so too. Never forsake or overlook the “lesser things,” but oh how often we make this mistake. Even if today turned out to be the worst day of your life, you still made it through, right? After all, you found yourself on this blog reading what God wanted you to read. You are still alive; therefore He is still working on your behalf!

 

The second meaning, which you may have been able to interpret, is this: be patient while God works. Just as God does not owe you an explanation for the events of your life, He does not owe you a swift response to your prayer (or even a yes for that matter). His display of faithfulness may take time to reach its perfect result. Will you be patient and wait on Him while He is working on your behalf? During my brief life on this earth, I have seen that God often has us wait on many things because He wants us to appreciate what we are asking for in the time we finally receive it, that is, if we receive it at all. Nevertheless, waiting should be expected of Christians. This is a part of our daily walk with Christ. Matthew Henry stated that “those who look for great things from God must be content to wait for them; God’s time is the best time.”

And what are Christians around the world all waiting for? We are waiting for Christ’s glorious return to earth! Come soon, Lord Jesus!  Ponder these verses on waiting on God:

Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.            -Psalm 27:14

I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. -Psalm 40:1-2

I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope. My soul waits for the Lord. More than the watchmen for the morning; Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning. -Psalm 130:5-6

God is going to be faithful to you, even if what you are waiting for does not transpire in the way you expected. In fact, more often than not, God’s faithfulness exceeds what you were even asking for in the first place. But even if it does not, if God answers your prayer and breaks your heart in the process, will you still trust Him? There is not a single molecule in this universe that so much as moves without God’s authorization. That is what sovereignty looks like. The same God who authorizes the movement of every single molecule and particle in this vast universe that exceeds human comprehension is working at this very moment on your behalf. If you do not believe me, remember that next time you take a breath. You will have to wait on God even when He is speaking with silence. This was the whole point of my poem. We live in a culture that demands answers loud and quick. As a result of this, we have come to expect God to answer us in this same fashion. When He does not, we lose faith and blame Him for everything. Instead of complaining, ask God to sustain you while you wait. Ask God to grow you while you wait. Ask God for patience and endurance. Just as Christ did in the garden, pray that His will and not yours be done. Pray that God brings things to pass in His perfect timing, not your own.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

-Philippians 4:6-7

God made many of His people wait for many different things. Noah waited. Abraham waited. Isaac waited. Jacob waited. Joseph waited. The Israelites waited. And we have just approached the end of Genesis and I do not even think I covered everyone who had to wait. Waiting on God tests our faith in God. Waiting on God requires supernatural patience and endurance. He who is making you wait will give you the strength and the patience to wait. Trust His heart. This is all working for your good. Even if it hurts right now, God is still with you and He is still carrying you. God is still leading you and God is still being faithful to you…even in the silence.

The Desert

It represents what we do not know and what we do not see

A calling so difficult to follow, even hearing who gave the decree

Out of the comfort zone where we rest in peace

Into the barren wilderness, so that our faith may increase

When we are called into the desert

We are not promised that the steps will not hurt

 

Here, we often grow weary with unquenchable thirst

So that when we find ourselves at our worst

We realize our total dependence upon Christ

The One for whom the Father sacrificed

In order that we may be made right with the Lord

Giving us something to keep our eyes fixed toward

 

Our sight often be so narrow and dim, we care not to even glance

While He knows full well of His intention for this circumstance

He simply calls us to trust Him further than He can be seen

Never out of spite or in an attempt to demean

This call is for our own benefit and maturation

Ultimately helping us reach our final destination

 

In the desert, never cease your lips from praise

For while you did not know if He would meet you there

Every step you took, He was there with you always

And while it did so seem that this task you could not bear

It was He that have you the strength to keep going

Even the wasteland could not stop you from growing

 

Which is precisely why He called you here in the first place

Even though it has been hard, you were given abundant grace

Not only to make it in the desert, but to come out

With faith that will carry you for when you doubt

And when those times come, remember God in the wild

Who took you where your faith could grow, bringing you back reconciled

 

The desert is not always the worst place to find yourself

God may call you here to show you more of Himself

Where you depend on Him like never before

And even though you may not know what He has in store

Not only will He meet you where He calls you

You can be assured that He will carry you all the way through

A Christ-less Eternity

The fire that cannot be quenched

Your soul eternally entrenched

Weeping and gnashing of teeth

Down into the abyss beneath

Into the fiery lake of burning sulfur

This is the punishment for following a worldly culture

That chose to curse and deny Christ, the Savior

When you stand before Him, you will have no excuse for your behavior

Your choice to pursue worldly lust

Renders a judgement from the King who is just

Sentenced to a Christ-less eternity

Cast down into the pit forcefully

Where the appetite of the worm never ceases

As it rips your flesh into pieces

Even at the same time your flesh is aflame

Everlasting destruction and disdain

Torment day and night, forevermore

Because of the sin you did not repent for

The smoke of torment rising forever and ever

No relief shall come to those there, none whatsoever

There is no escape from the fire

At no point will this divine wrath and justice ever expire

Resulting from a lifestyle of perversity

This is your future; a Christ-less eternity

Even though the path you walk be deep and wide

It be not too late to set aside

The sinful life to which you were born enslaved

From your nature, from conception depraved

So close the burning sulfur smell

Gives you a taste of the realities of hell

And though you hear the gates of hell shake

You feel the ground beneath you quake

Seeing the flame from the fiery lake

The chains that hold you, Christ and only Christ can break

Even on the highway to hell

With the sound of the echoing death knell

Nothing can stop the hand of Christ from reaching to the fallen

To those who feel like they are forgotten

Pulling you out of the path that leads to torment

He can change your heart to repent

A plea to save from destruction

Recognizing your internal corruption

That separated you from He that created

But His blood so powerful, your sentence vacated

Blood that covers the debt to God that you owed

Oh, precious was it that flowed

What is dead can be made whiter than snow

But a transformation you must undergo

Starts with understanding the reality

Of your own mortality

And the future that you are sprinting toward

An eternity separated from the Holy Lord

The Good News simply put is that The Son came to die

It was He they did scourge and crucify

Nailing him to a tree

For all of Jerusalem to see

He who knew no sin became sin for our sake

The curse of sin He did break

He gave His life and took His people’s place

Where we should have been, but by His grace

The wrath of God completely satisfied

And when He took His last breath and died

The last of which He aloud cried

To His father to give up His Spirit

For your soul, in order to secure it

And on the third day, He walked out of the grave

Death could not make Him a slave

He conquered death and Hades and emerged with their key

Setting you free from a Christ-less eternity

Repent of the sin which leads you astray

From eternal life and the only Way

Call upon Christ, the Name above all names

Only through His Name can you be saved from eternal flames