Devotion of the Day

CARMEL AND HOREB

Then the fire of the Lord fell…
I Kings 18:38

But the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
I Kings 19:12

God was in the fire at Carmel; He was not in the fire at Horeb. We are not to gather from the still, small voice that God is never in wind, earthquake, and fire. He often is. He came at Pentecost with a sound as of a rushing mighty wind. He came in an earthquake in the Philippian jail.

God works in nature in the cataclysmic, in flood and tornado; and He works in the gradual, quiet process of the seasons. He works in mighty mass movements in revival with a Whitefield or a Moody. But He also moves in quiet gatherings in the day-by-day work of faith and labor of love among the churches.

And into our hearts He sometimes breaks in sudden and tempestuous ways, in mountain-top raptures and third-heaven experiences. But He also works in daily growth in the knowledge of Christ, the quiet walk by His sufficient grace.

You cannot live at Carmel all the time. Carmel happens only once in a while. God is at Horeb too – if you have ears to hear.

Devotion of the Day

WATERS THAT GO SOFTLY

Forasmuch as this people refuseth the waters of Shiloah that go softly…the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many.
Isaiah 8:6,7

Threatened by invasion from Israel and Syria, Ahaz of Judah foolishly chose alliance with Assyria instead of reliance on God. The soft-flowing waters of Shiloah represent the benign reign of the house of David as compared with the violent Euphrates, emblem of the Assyrians.

How prone we are to choose earthly alliances, confederacies of the world and the flesh, instead of God’s gently way! The way of the meek and lowly, the rule of love, seems too weak to cope with the ways and devices of men. Te world chooses the way of the Euphrates and suffers a deluge of disaster. And in our private lives the still small voice and the quiet way of God seem too mind for some of us. We ally with the boisterous, turbulent spirit of the age and live to regret it. For Assyria always comes to help but remains to conquer.

Remember, it is the Lamb that finally conquers!