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The Silence Of The Lamb

The Silence Of The Lamb
Isaiah 53:7
By Wayne McDonald

It is very easy to look at a negitive situation and start complaining about it. For example, in Exodus 16:2-3 it says, “And the whole congergation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness: and the children of Israel said unto them, ‘would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for you have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.’”

The children of Israel had been in bondage to the egyptians but God delivered them. He brought them out of Egypt and was leading them through the wilderness to the promised land. On they way they got impatient and started complaining. The Bible goes on to say that they roamed around in that wilderness for forty years. We can see by their example that the more you complain about your circumstances, the longer you will stay there. Five years ago, my wife Laura and I stepped out by faith and moved out of the house we were renting in Millville NJ.

We moved in with Laura’s Mom and Dad so we could have a new house built. We’ve been married and out on our own since 1996 so we knew it would not be easy to make the change. We found ourselves in a time of major transition. We were no longer in our old home and we had not yet entered into the promised land (our new home). We were in the meanwhile (the while that is mean). As we were going through this season of our lives we found it was very easy to complain, and on some occassions we did complain to each other. It was so easy to become irritated.

The builder would schedule a phase of construction and then it would get held back by the weather, inspectors, or other circumstances. This happened time and time again. What a great oppuninity for growth in the Lord! We knew before we moved out of our house that it was going to take a lot of sacrifice to get to the next level. The Bible says that no man builds a tower without first counting the cost. Many people want to go to the next level but they do not want to pay the price to get there. In order to get to where you have not been, you will have to do something you have not done before.

While Laura and I were going through our house situation I noticed that I wanted to keep talking about how long it was taking for the house to be completed. I wanted to talk about all the money that it was going to cost to finish the house and all the work that would have to be done. In the midst of it all the Lord reminded me of His word. In Isaiah 53:7 it says, “He(Jesus) was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth.” If anyone had a right to complain it was Jesus. He was ridiculed and hated. He was beaten and crucified for our sins, yet he never complained.

The Silence Of The Lamb.