Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January 20, 2015 … Hearing God in the Quiet

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 20

Devotional Song: ... Go to this link  … Please take the time to take in a video of a lovely anonymous voice singing … Sill Small Voice, … with a plea to listen and know more of our God when He “speaks” to us in those quiet times in our lives

Highlight Passage 1st Kings 19: 12 [NKJV] …
  11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” 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; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. 
Highlight Context - 1st Kings 19: 1-12 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK …  
… Dejected to hear God, Elijah finally heard the Lord in a “still small voice” …

Reference Passage #1: Deuteronomy 4: 29-31 [NKJV] … 
29 But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. 30 When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the Lord your God and obey His voice 31 (for the Lord your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them. 

Reference Passage #2: John 6: 60-68 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …  
… In spite of seeing Jesus perform many wondrous miracles, many of Jesus’ followers had trouble hearing/understanding His words … and Jesus knew whom were His true followers by the ones who heard and believed …

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by Julie Ackerman Link, takes her readers (me) today to the story of Elijah, using the link above in 1st Kings, Chapter 19, to read/meditate on the story of Elijah after he had escaped Jezebel and was so despondent and needed to hear and sense the presence of God. And Elijah had been so used to seeing God work in LOUD and miraculous ways; and so, when God came to him in “a still small voice,” it was harder for Elijah to sense God’s presence.

 And that was the case when Jesus walked the earth in his last years of ministry, in those times before our Lord went to the cross. He claimed to be the very Son of God; and He demonstrated His divinity to the people and His inner twelve Disciples, over and over again, often in loud and showy ways with unspeakably wondrous miracles. But when the people, especially the Jewish religious leaders, heard Him speak in parables and quiet declarations of truth, only a small number could or would believe and continue to follow Him as He marched to the cross to save the faithful.

 We live in an age of proliferating messages and information, … most of it loud and distracting. That’s why it’s so important, as I am here this morning writing this, to get away from the hustle and bustle of the world and listen, in solitude, for the quiet and true voice of God - mainly through His word. And hearing God’s “still small voice,” we can sense His presence and glean the power of His truth to guide our lives.

That’s my prayer today … that we all quietly listen for God’s “still small voice” of truth.

My Prayer for Today O Lord, … In the quiet here this morning, I hear You from Your word; and I will keep listening every day. … Amen

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