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Saturday, March 29, 2003

Edifier du Jour-1 Kings 19:9-16
9 Then he came there to a cave and lodged there; and behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" 10 He said, "I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away." 11 So He said, "Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD." And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks 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 After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, a voice came to him and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" 14 Then he said, "I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away." 15 The LORD said to him, "Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus, and when you have arrived, you shall anoint Hazael king over Aram; 16 and Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anoint king over Israel; and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place.
I was pointed to this verse by Peter Nixon who commented on this yesterday
We are currently overwhelmed by information-radio, television, the Internet-and we run the risk that God's voice will be drowned out by all the noise. We need to seek silence so we can hear His "still, small voice" (1 Kgs 19:12) I know for myself that the coming of war has made me edgy and short-tempered, and I have been snapping at both my wife and my children over the past couple of days. I need to recover my equilibrium, and be at peace in my heart before I can be a sign of Christ's peace to others.
I'm not sure I've been as edgy as Mr. Nixon, but it's easy to get away from God, especially if you've come from a conference or a retreat. Once you get back into the world, the glow from a spiritual high quickly fades and you need to be still and listen to God. God doesn't usually hit people over the heads with 2-by-4s or audibly speak in a James Earl Jones basso profundo. You typically have to be still and listed for God's quite voice. That doesn't come easy, and it's something I'm working on.

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