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"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." ~ 1 Peter 3:15-16
Be still and know that I am God

It's simply amazing to read the account of Elijah in 2 Kings 19 where he encounter the living presence of God. There certainly were miraculous displays of God's glory, yet God is not found in any of these manifestations. This should put one who chase after manifestation and manifestations of miraculous kinds to ponder over. Instead, it was in the quietness, the stillness that God spoke to Elijah, just like He spoke to Moses in a burning bush.

"And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. "

Too often, we did not quiet down ourselves in the midst of busyness and distractions. But God desires that we be still and know that He is God, our Lord. In this secret garden, where there is no distraction from the world, God wants to speak to our hearts intimately.

This is not to say that we emptied our minds and let God fills our mind with His thoughts, as the mystics often practised as a form of divination. Rather, it is an active mediation upon the word of God, that is done in a spirit of reverence, quiet down of the soul so to speak, that draws us closer to Him.

May His words be a blessing and nourishment to our souls, as we come to meet Him in this sacred moment of stillness.

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