Friday – December 22, 2023

Job 24-27; Revelation 17

”I will never admit you are in the right; till I die, I will not deny my integrity. I will maintain my innocence and never let go of it; my conscience will not reproach me as long as I live.“ Job‬ ‭27‬:‭5‬-‭6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Voices-

I was listening to a story of a man who, against his better judgement, made a decision and found himself in a horrific situation.  In a small airplane, with a passed out pilot, and no idea how to fly a plane.  Oh, did I mention there were mid flight, and in the middle of a horrible storm.

The man tells the story of hearing the “voice” of the control tower insisting that he not focus on what was around him (the storm, the control panel that looked like something from an episode of Lost in Space, the mountain).  Needless to say, the man lived to tell the story because he chose to listen to, not just “a voice”, but “the voice”.

Everyday we are surrounded by noise, and voices.  It’s become the norm.  Sometimes the quiet grabs our attention more than the noise.

Job had voices around him.  Well intentioned, nonetheless, wrong voices.    They were his friends. They wanted to help.   They only wanted peace for their friend.

Job heard their voices but refused to accept them.  He believed “The Voice”, that said “I will never leave nor forsake you.”. (Deuteronomy 31:8).

I encourage you to, just for a few mins today, embrace the quiet, stillness that we find when we spend time with God.  That can be hard to do.  Even the whir of the dishwasher, or the hum of the computer, or clock on the wall can interrupt my thoughts.

Today I will pay attention to “The Voice”.  Not the TV show.

Merry Christmas, my friends!