Key verse for today: Exodus 19:19, "The blasts of the horn grew louder and louder. Moses would speak, and God would answer him with thunder."
|Heavy Clouds: Sundown at Fehmarn August 2011|
by Matthias Engel, Germany
I don't ever remember being scared of thunder. There are times in Oklahoma when you can sit outside on the porch and listen to the thunder roll in. The smell is exquisite in the summer. I can remember seeing lightning flash and counting the seconds until you hear the thunder. This was my first exposure to the idea that sound and light move at different speeds.
I think that most people associate God with quiet rather than volume. Maybe this is from Elijah's experience of God as sheer silence (1 Kings 19:12).
But the volume of thunder has impressed people for untold years and the Hebrew people associated it with God speaking. There is something unsettling and other-worldly about a loud sudden crack of thunder!
In their song, Sometimes Salvation, The Black Crowes state in the chorus that sometimes salvation is in the eye of the storm. All of these storm images are reminders that God doesn't always ask of us what is comfortable or easy. In fact, God is not our invention that is gentle - always at our beck and call. We are more likely to learn patience the more we enter into prayer with God.
Try listening to this sound of thunder. Enter into a time of prayer and ask what God is saying to you as you listen.
Sometimes we may need God to break through with great volume because the rest of the noise in life is so loud.
Breath prayer: Mighty God, speak to me today.