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7/25/2019 3:38:00 PM
"Though I Walk Through the Valley..."

Dr. Stanley Spence, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Lincolnton, N.C.

I recently heard a song originating out of a poem from the WWII period, said to have been found on a wall of a building in liberated territory. Whether it was a quote from some older writing or a quote from a captive the meaning is still true for many.

I believe in the sun even when it's not shining;
I believe in love even when I don’t feel it,
and I believe in God even when He is silent.

The power of these words was brought home by an impromptu opportunity for the Baptist All-state Youth Choir to sing at a Raleigh Cathedral. As the song was being sung a video captured the image of the choir singing until the last verse and the camera began to focus on the huge suspended crucifix behind the heads of the singers. What a testimony of the crucified Lord who loved us in His silence from the cross. Can we fully grasp what this means to us? His love for us lasted several hours upon the cross. Even with the last words of Jesus recorded there were hours of silence. What could be said? He endured suffering in the silence of what had to be done; life to death to life again.

Reflecting on the Cross of Christ and what He did for us there, one can only marvel at the whole of heaven present and silent as these events unfolded. Even in God’s silence, He was redeeming the people of the world to Himself. It is hard to maintain faith when the evidence of things hoped for seem so unresponsive. This is the nature of faith. God has faith in you and me when we give Him no reason to believe we will turn from sin and turn to God.

I believe, how about you!

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