Friday, June 03, 2016

Still Small Voice

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Lord, you have seen; do not be still.
O Lord, be not far from my sight.
O rouse yourself, to judgment wake!
My God, my Lord, uphold my right.
 —Psalm 35:22-23
Suggested tune: Rockingham (LM)

He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking 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 sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
—1 Kings 19:11-13

God here teaches Elijah that this is not his way of working. He does use the wind, the earthquake and the fire when he pleases, but these are not his most effective instruments. He does not do his mightiest works by them, but in quite another way—by a still small voice! Thus the Lord practically said to Elijah, 'Gentler means must be tried with these rebellious people: the still small voice."
You have, perhaps, noticed that Elijah's later ministry became, on the whole, much more gentle and tender. He seems to have devoted himself to the work of perpetuating the ministry among the people by founding schools for the young men who were called the sons of the Prophets. They evidently recognized him as their master and head, as they recognized Elisha after Elijah had been carried up to heaven. The still small voice of prophetic teaching was to be tried! 
 —Charles Spurgeon 18 Nov. 1909 (alt.)

Lord, speak to me, that I may speak
in living echoes of thy tone;
as thou hast sought, so let me seek
thine erring children, lost and lone...
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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