Rethinking the Text: God’s “Still, Small Voice”?
Chaplain Mike at internet Monk writes:
Sometimes, as people of faith, we think we know the meaning of a Biblical text. By sheer repetition over the years, it becomes a reliable tool in our vocabulary, a cliché of our faith. We stop thinking about it; we simply utter it at times we think appropriate. We don’t have to analyze it or explain it. And our friends smile and nod their heads. “Insiders” know exactly what’s being said.
Speaking the “language of Zion,” we fit comfortably among the citizens of Zion.
Except sometimes, we get it wrong.
And then we have a problem. For if we simply presume our perception is the final word, we stop studying. We stop thinking. God and his Word fit just right in the compartments we have created for them by our assumptions. We go on repeating our clichés, we continue nodding our heads.
How many times have you heard this: “God speaks to us in a still, small voice”?