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15 April, 2011

Quiet Time

My favorite story in the entire Bible is a great start for this. In I Kings 19 beginning with vs. 10, Elijah starts complaining to God about all the work he has done for Him and now his life is being threatened. At first Elijah expects, I guess, for God to pamper him, to possibly give him "something" (?). What God does do is tell him to travel, then eat and rest; then to meet Him on a hill. God didn't tell him to go to a high mountain top and give up his life and live waiting for God to speak, He simply told him to go to a hill and wait for The Lord would pass by. First a huge wind comes and tears the place apart; shatters rocks and ripped the mountains apart! However, God was not in the wind. Then an earthquake, then a fire, but again God was not in either one of these! After these a small gentle breeze came through, and THIS is where God was!

God is the creator of all that is. He has the power to do anything He wants! He is the one who taught the lions to roar, gave lightning the ability to strike the earth from a cloud! He made all that is from NOTHING! Yet when He is with us, He does not yell, He does not come with a booming voice; quite the contrary. Instead, He comes to be with us. I am of the impression that is why He didn't come through the earthquake or fire, but chose the still small voice so we would have to choose to place everything else in ours lives down and listen! He isn't one to compete. In all honesty, how would anyone be able to?

In Jeremiah 33:3 we are told : "call unto me and I will answer you; I will tell you great unsearchable things!" In the 147 Psalm we are told He made and named all the stars! We can't even SEE all the stars and He knows each and every one of them by name! In Luke 12 and Matthew 10 we are told He has counted the hairs on our heads! Considering all the people that are born everyday, not to mention all that have come before, that is an unbelievable number, but God does this and has since the beginning of time. It is an every day thing for Him, and if these things are everyday occurrences, then what could God call "great and unsearchable"? If God is looking for us to come to a place that is set aside away from everything else, He chooses to use a voice that is smaller than that of all that is around us, one can only wonder!

A Quiet Time is meant to be just that: Quiet! The reason is so that He can show you the things He calls great and unsearchable.
Does this mean every time we go we will receive a great "eschatological" vision? Not hardly! If anything, especially at first, the time will be more along the lines of learning. Learning what His "voice" is like, how to tell His voice from the world, His voice from ours. I think it is most important to remember that the time is meant to spend with Him, not to solve the worlds problems.

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