January 3, 2014

1kings19-12

Original photo by William Warby

1 Kings 19:9-18; Ephesians 4:17-32; John 6:15-27

Sometimes we do not feel like continuing in the Church because we are worn out and God does not seem present—at least not in an obvious, tangible way. Things seem backwards to how they should be. Like Elijah and Moses before him, we want a theophany; we wish God would appear and make everything better. More often than not, we will not get what we want, and may only glimpse the hinder parts of the Almighty. (Exod 33:18-22)

We not only desire to see God, we want to hear God loudly and clearly, but like Elijah, we must learn to listen for the low whisper that occurs in such times. The whisper of God symbolizes the opposite of what enthralls so many: being captivated by loud promises of prosperity and health (John 6:26). But the low whisper of God is the quiet promise found in the word of God. When the signs of a robust congregation have left, when the fire of ministry is gone and we are running on empty, God is present to renew us in the spirit of our minds. (Eph 4:23)

Take a moment to hear the low promise of God’s continuing presence and power.

Prayer: Lord, help me depend upon you instead of upon the things I do for you. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.

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