Black Saturday

Black Saturday Devotion

Matthew 27:62-66; Mark 16:1; Luke 23:56; John 19:40.

Jesus’ body remains in a tomb where Roman soldiers watch over it. Nicodemus would wrap Jesus’ body in long linen sheets sprinkled with spices, according to the Jewish custom from burial. All of the world remains silent. Satan thought he had won. The forces of evil assumed the victory was theirs. All of hell shouted with triumph, while the world remained silent in despair.

It has been said that “silence is not indifference and stillness is not inactivity.” Did you know that God’s greatest victories come after periods of silence? Consider the silence of Joseph. He remained in a jail cell for two years unjustly accused while in Egypt. David, the anointed king of Israel, moved in silence for over a decade as the jealous King Saul pursued him. The people of Israel waited in silence for 400 years after Malachi wrote the last book of the Old Testament. Paul studied in silence as he received the mind of God in the sunny desert of Arabia before writing the book of Romans. The greatest victories come after periods of silence.

However, there is no greater victory following a period of silence than Holy Saturday.

Jesus’ body was in the tomb. Our Lord was really dead. He did not swoon. He did not pass out. He was not in a temporary state of coma. He was dead and all the world thought hell had won.

This is a reminder today that when God is silent in your life, do not give-up on God. He has not given up on you.

We loathe the waiting rooms of life. Be assured: God does not delay one second longer than is completely necessary. Seasons of waiting should be seasons of praying and not seasons of despair. If you’re like me, spending time in a doctor’s office waiting room can be frustrating. In a world of fast-food restaurants and immediate first-class service, waiting rooms take too long for our personal comfort. The same holds true for the spiritual waiting rooms of life. But remember this: your faith will grow stronger when you trust God in the waiting room. Those who are seated with first-class service often begin to possess an attitude of entitlement. They think priority seating means God owes them something, rather than seeing patience as God’s divine method for building character and maturing us spiritually. If your prayers are motivated by the glory of God, based on the Word of God, led by the Spirit of God, aligned with the Will of God, and driven by the mission of God, continue praying day and night. Don’t give up. Learn to give God time. Sometimes God makes us wait, not because of providential challenges on his part, but because our circumstances and character necessitate it. God is more concerned about building character than giving us stuff.