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The Power of Stillness
by GBC Ministry

"He answered nothing" (Mark 15:3)
 
There is no spectacle in all the Bible so sublime as the silent Savior answering not a word to the men who were maligning Him, and whom He could have laid prostrate at His feet by one look of divine power, or one word of fiery rebuke.  But He let them say and do their worst, and  He stood in THE POWER OF STILLNESS - God's holy silent Lamb.
 
There is a stillness that lets God work for us, and holds our peace; the stillness that ceases from its contriving and its self-vindication, and its expedients of wisdom and forethought, and lets God provide and answer the cruel blow, in His own unfailing, faithful love.
 
How often we lose God's interposition by taking up our own cause, and striking for our defense.  God give to us this silent power, this conquered spirit! And after the heat and strife of earth are over, men will remember us as we remember the morning dew, the gentle light and sunshine, the evening breeze, the Lamb of Calvary, and the gentle, holy heavenly Dove.
 
A.B. Simpson
 
"The day when Jesus stood alone
And felt the hearts of men like stone,
And knew He came but to atone -
     That day "He held His peace."
 
They witnessed falsely to His word,
They bound Him with a cruel cord,
And mockingly proclaimed Him Lord;
     "But Jesus held His peace."
 
They spat upon Him in the face,
They dragged Him on from place to place,
They heaped upon Him all disgrace;
     "But Jesus held His peace."
 
My friend, have you for far much less,
With rage, which you called righteousness,
Resented slights with great distress?
     Your Savior "held His peace."

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