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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, January 12, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
Elijah knew that the sound of gentle whisper was God’s voice. He realized that God doesn’t reveal himself only in powerful, miraculous ways. To look for God only in something big (rallies, churches, conferences, highly visible leaders) may be to miss him because his is often found gently whispering in the quietness of a humbled heart. Are you listening for God? It may come when you least expect it. (NLT)
Step back from noise, activity of your busy life, listen humbly, quietly for His guidance.
1 Kings 19:9-12 – There he came to a cave, where he spent the night. But the Lord said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Elijah replied, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets, I alone am left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.”
“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.
There was a great wind . . . 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 sound of sheer silence.” –1 Kings 19:11-12 (NRSV)
Stephen Smith (Texas) titled his story “POWER OF SILENCE;” here is a portion of Stephen’s story:
“I am an archaeologist and help to monitor construction activity in historic zones. One time, I was overseeing excavations near downtown. It was noon. Work halted across the busy construction site for lunch. . . . Because my ears had grown accustomed to the pounding of jackhammers, the silence at the excavation site seemed strange. But it opened my ears to sounds previously unheard . . . Then I heard a single church bell ringing in the distance. How many generations has that bell beckoned? I wondered. How many people have been reminded of God by its tolling?
“Then I realized that the silence allowed me to hear that bell. In this cacophonous world, we desperately need silence in order to hear God calling as Elijah did, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’
“When we are afraid, we too might look for a hiding place. But if we listen – in silence – we will hear God calling us out of our fear into new paths of service.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Silence allows me to hear God’s voice.
Prayer: O God, quiet our hearts and minds so that we may hear your voice and go where you send us. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE AFRAID OF SILENCE
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