Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Birth of a Prince

On American magazine covers recently was headlined about the birth of the new baby in line for the throne of England.  It is fitting for a prince to be born with celebration and announcements, loud and proud!  But when Jesus, the King of Kings, was born it was very different.  God saw fit to keep it hush-hush.  But God allowed those who were looking for him to find him.

It is the same today with the voice of God.  It is not the loudest voice we hear.  The bible calls it a “still, small voice”.  It is not catchy like a commercial, or commanding like the wizard of oz.  It is the little “nah” inside when we are tempted.  It is the “I love you” when we are rejected.  It is the “lean on me” when you are down.  And when you speak his name, it is the “here I am”.

You can make God’s voice easier to hear and recognize with bible study.  God wants us to use his written word to get to know him better.  Even Jesus often spoke using scripture instead of his own words.  It can help to make a list of scripture that touches your heart.  It is best to start in the New Testament.  But here is one of my favorites from the Old…

Then he said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord.”  And behold the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after that an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after that a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after that
a still small voice. 
                                                                                                            1 Kings 19 11-12

In this loud confusing world God’s voice can be hidden.  
 He can seem quiet as snow, and soft as a whisper.
But he promised that he would be found by those who earnestly seek him.

I love those who love me, and those who seek me will find me.      Proverbs 8:17

Inspired by the song “Winter Snow” by Audrey Assad (written by Chris Tomlin)