Saint Mark Daily Advent Devotional – January 3, 2015

by John Turlington

Scripture: I Kings 19:9-18

We have all heard of Elijah and the “still, small voice of God.”  Beware of familiarity with the Bible; it can induce careless reading.  Knowing a story can be a trigger to not really reading it with attentiveness and openness to new insight that the story might bring.

Accept an invitation to try reading with the eyes of Jesus or of Elijah here. Elijah had his assumption about God and how God might “speak” to him changed because he was open to allowing God to speak to him in God’s own way, not in ways he might have expected God to speak.  Because Elijah’s ears were attuned to God, he heard God’s still, quiet, thin voice.

In this New Year may we be open to finding God and listening to God in places, ways and sounds we might not expect.  Let’s wait on God’s voice for where and what to do in the New Year.

The very heart of the Bible is about meeting God in uncounted and un-thought of ways with unaccounted and unanticipated consequences.  So, it is wise for us to slow down and encounter the word of God in whatever form it may come with the expectation that we, too, may experience God in new and future-giving, future-changing ways in this New Year.  We too may learn anew about the inescapable wonder of God’s prevenient grace which will find us, feed us, and employ us, just as Elijah here.

Prayer:  Oh God of the still small voice, open my ears that I might hear what You have to say to me in this New Year. Amen.

Saint Mark United Methodist Church


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