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Still Small Roar

In the kingdom of ideas lived a word.
The word was unspoken in real-world language, not through mere ignorance, but through inability to contain it. . .


One day the word was spoken.
In a whisper.

– Joseph Bayly A Voice in the Wilderness

Rallies, Strategies, & the Holy Spirit

So the king of Israel went with the king of Judah and the king of Edom, and they marched on that roundabout route seven days; and there was no water for the army, nor for the animals that followed them. -2Kings 3:9

King Jehoram knew how to rally the troops. As a matter of fact he managed to land King Jehoshaphat and the King of Edom to fight on his behalf. King Jehoram even had a fail-proof strategy – to march his three-kingdom army through the badlands of Edom and stage a surprise attack. But King Jehoram forgot the water. In the middle of a desert land – he forgot the water.

Scripturally, “water” is emblematic of blessing, baptism, salvation, prosperity, the Holy Spirit, and the Word of God. For the Christian to forget the water – is a serious thing. The other two (rallies and strategies) are a necessary part of the spiritual battle to which we are called – but we must not forget the water.

When You Have No Words To Say

The first time our “Lil’ Guy” went to the hospital by ambulance was during Sunday service. He was almost two years old and he had been sick – his Momma, his Papa, and his Nana were with him – preparing him to go to the doctor’s office. I was at church – preaching (something about communal faith and the “Transcendent Brotherhood”). I got in my car – checked my cell phone – had several messages – scary ones at that – muffled and gut-wrenching sobs on the other end of the phone. I got a hold of his Papa on the cell phone – as they were chasing behind the ambulance on the way to the hospital. I raced to get there. On the way I called several pastor friends and asked them to pray.

You may not believe in the gift of other tongues – you may disagree with the Pentecostal/ Charismatic doctrine on the issue of glossolalia – but this is our experience on that day. Brandy called 9-1-1 as her dad gave our Lil’ Guy breaths. If you could hear the 9-1-1 tapes – you would hear her in between her giving pertinent information to the operator – speaking in other tongues. And… as I was driving to the hospital (in between phone calls) I tried to pray logical/ intelligible sounding words – but all I could do was groan…groans that came from within the inner-depths of my being…

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. -Romans 8:26-27

Beauty and Light

In Your light we see light -King David (Psalm 37:9)

David contrasts man’s wickedness to God’s perfections. He shows that our evils are the opposite to God’s mercies. There is a great chasm between us and He. It’s in the light of His glory (even His Son)that man will find the light of life. Now, as a result, life takes on a certain brilliance in beauty – in us!

Brilliance! Flashes of glory! The Light of lights! A life with Jesus is to know His ever-increasing glory. It is to catch glimpses of His glory beyond the present glory in which you now know in Him. The Christian life truly is the good life. Thus, the true Christ-Follower’s countenance will shine forth the testament of His glory alive in them(think Stephen the Martyr).

So, we thank You Lord for causing us to see – for opening blinded eyes. We thank You for this ever-increasing glory that amazes us – day by day. For You alone are God – the Light of life – the brilliance of glory.

Use us, O Lord, to bring Your Light to the nations. Let Your Light shine forth! Establish Your people as a city on a hill – alighted with the fires of Your glory!

Amen.