>The Sound of His Voice

>Our church service is doing something a bit different with the Lord’s Prayer for the next few Sundays. Dramatic and somewhat responsive reading. We’re essentially including a “God voice” in the form of a conversation with the pray-er. This week a “traditional” big, booming voice. Next week something different, the following week, something still different.

At first, I didn’t get why we weren’t just sticking with one voice. Let’s just say that I don’t do well with change. After all, isn’t God supposed to have a booming, thunder-like voice to go along with the glories streaming down from heaven each time he gives a revalation? I guess not.

We are told in 1 Kings 19:12 that “after the earthquake a [there was a] fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice”. If you read on into the subsequent verses, it becomes apparent that the still, small voice is that of God.

To my knowledge, this is the one of the only times in the Bible where the voice of God is described as either still or small. And yet, this is the way that He tends to speak to us (except of course, for those two-by-four moments). I guess that though it would be easier for us to hear God if His voice was a booming roll of thunder, but would we really be any more willing to listen to what that voice was actually saying?

I’ve found that the times that I’ve heard God most clearly are those times when I wait and listen. Or, in a more blunt manner of speaking: when I sit down and close my mouth. I’ve been listening better lately. While the voice hasn’t been audible, the force that’s been moving my heart has been like that of a very gentle (and quiet) bulldozer. One that can’t do it’s work unless I get out of the way.

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~ by pe2nia1 on October 26, 2009.

 
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