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A still small voice | Feburary 6

 

“And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.”
1 Kings 19: 11-12  NKJV


Oftentimes it is not easy to hold fast to the Lord. Elijah had to battle to conduct himself in a God-pleasing manner. He had persevered and had vanquished the Baal priests with God’s help, but his trouble did not stop, and he was forced to run for his life. Torn between victory through God and persecution, Elijah no longer wanted to go on. He said to God: “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life!” He hid himself in a cave, and the word of the Lord came to him and asked, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (1 Kings 19: 4 -10). Then something significant happened: the Lord passed by. As noted in the above bible verse, He was not found in a forceful wind, an earthquake, or fire, but in a still small voice. In this voice, Elijah could feel the great and majestic presence of God.


Perhaps we also find ourselves in an intolerable situation; it would be so easy if God passed by in a powerful way and did away with all disagreeable circumstances. But the Lord does not work in such a way. Instead we hear a soft whisper of a voice, a movement of the heart—therein the Lord is found. We must be waiting and prepared to experience God’s word in this way.  It is not only the great things, but also God’s small gifts that are important.  When we experience these and are moved by them, we will be joyful and thankful. Then it will be for us as it was for Elijah, who could continue with new courage and strength, reassured that the Lord was with him.


CONTEMPLATION:
Read Psalm 37: 3 -7.

Take a moment to turn down the noise of everyday life and “be still in the presence of the Lord”.  Can you hear His “still small voice”?

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