God’s instruction to be still and calm is found in many passages throughout the Bible, including a story found in this week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson. In 1 Kings 19, the prophet Elijah tries to impress everyone back into worshipping God by a spectacular miracle involving dueling altars (one to God and one to Baal). Although the miracle does in fact lead many to repentance, its overall effect is mixed and does not shield Elijah from Jezebel’s attack. After Elijah is driven into the wilderness, God shows him that God is not to be found in impressive, powerful demonstrations like fire, wind, and earthquake. God is in the calm…in the still, small voice. This reminds me of some advice I received once before giving my first sermon to a pluralistic audience who had mixed feelings about having me preach. My mentor told me, “You’re there to express the qualities God gave you, not to impress people.” What good advice that I still take to heart!
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