Scattered Seeds

Today’s Devotional – Like a Lamb that is Silent and Still

One of the first jobs I ever had was working as a cashier at Kmart. Sporting their teal-colored jacket I was sure to say, “Thank you for shopping our K-Mart.” at the end of every transaction.

After three years, I was good at my job. I knew all of the codes and most of the customers. I rang people through quickly, but even then, we had the odd price check that would slow the line down. Most people were okay with a 5-minute delay–others not so much. And so, over the years I dealt with a number of challenging people.

I’ve come to learn over time that we’ll always meet difficult people. It’s nothing new. Even Paul and Silas were aggravated by a girl who followed them around for days shouting to the people around them (Acts 16).

It’s always been a struggle and will continue to be a struggle as long as Satan is roaming the earth. The thing is, we should never take our cue from challenging people. Difficult people don’t set the tone of our day. What they do is offer us an opportunity to respond with Christ-likeness. No one has or ever will exhibit longsuffering in the way that He did.

He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. (Isaiah 53:7, NIV)

How often do we see people losing their temper? If you’re online, it’s a daily occurrence. People are hurt, and they want to lash out. Instead of turning the cheek or responding in love, they’re typing as fast as they can.

May we always be like that lamb which is silent and still in the hands of our Master. Bearing well under pressure. Obedient when our sense of comfort is taken away. Following the map of our Savior Who was loving and kind to those that hurt Him the most. He could have done more, He could have said more, He could have fought more, but He chose the path of longsuffering that they too might be saved.

“Father, forgive them,” He said, “for they do not know what they do.”


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Tilling the Soil

Read Isaiah 53:7-9 where we see longsuffering exemplified in the character of Christ.

Planting Hope

He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. (Isaiah 53:7, NIV)


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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.

She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.

It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical FitnessReshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.

Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.

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You are loved by an almighty God,

Darlene Schacht
The Time-Warp Wife

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