TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, April 16, 2019:
STILL SMALL VOICE
The voice of one’s conscience; sounds distinctive to the individual.
Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
The scripture tells us that Elijah, the prophet, was on Mount Horeb hiding from the wicked Queen Jezebel, who had threatened to kill him. While on that mountain God spoke to Elijah with a “STILL SMALL VOICE” (I Kings 19:12).
In verse 13 God asked Elijah what he was doing on the mountain. Elijah’s reply revealed what God already knew -- the depth of Elijah’s fear and discouragement. His response (verse 14) was, “Lord, I have been most zealous for You when others have forsaken You. I am the only one left and they are looking to kill me. What do I get for being the only one standing up for You?”
Was Elijah really the only one serving God? The answer was “NO.” God told Elijah that “He had 7,000 in Israel whose knees had not bowed to Baal” (verse 18)
In the depths of our fear or despair, we may think we are the only one serving God. Have you had that experience? We are certain that we all have experienced it in one circumstance or another. We often feel we are standing all alone. God knows those who are His though we do not.
This testing of our faith often comes right after a great success, as it did for Elijah. Psalm 46:10 tells us how to overcome our fears. It reads: “be still and know” that He is God. He is in charge and the sooner we focus on Him and His power, the quicker we will feel relief from our fear and self-pity.
Have you stopped to think that both the crashing cymbals of our failures and the loud trumpeting of our successes cannot drown out God’s still small voice? Take time daily to quiet your heart and listen for Him as you meditate after reading His Word.
Someone once said: “To tune into God’s voice we must tune out this world’s noise.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Matthew 28:6.
He is not here, for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
Give me the wisdom and the diligence to seek to hear Your still small voice. Thank You for sending Your Holy Spirit to make me aware of Your will for my life and keep me faithful in following You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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