Selah: “The Still, Small Voice” by Mrs. C. Cowman

Learn to listen…”study to be quiet” (1 Thess. 4:11)..these are some of the best skills to master in the ministry. ~dch

“And after the earthquake a fire; and after the fire a sound of gentle stillness” 

A soul, who made rapid progress in her understanding of the Lord, was once asked the secret of her easy advancement. She replied tersely, “Mind the checks.” And the reason that many of us do not know and better understand Him is, we do not give heed to His gentle checks, His delicate restraints and constraints. His is a still, small voice. A still voice can hardly be heard. It must be felt. A steady, gentle pressure upon the heart and mind like the touch of a morning zephyr to your face. A small voice, quietly, almost timidly spoken in your heart, but if heeded growing noiselessly clearer to your inner ear. His voice is for the ear of love, and love is intent upon hearing even faintest whispers.

There comes a time also when love ceases to speak if not responded to, or believed in. He is love, and if you would know Him and His voice, give constant ear to His gentle touches. In conversation, when about to utter some word, give heed to that gentle voice, mind the check and refrain from speech. When about to pursue some course that seems all clear and right and there comes quietly to your spirit a suggestion that has in it the force almost of a conviction, give heed, even if changed plans seem highest folly from standpoint of human wisdom. Learn also to wait on God for the unfolding of His will. Let God form your plans about everything in your mind and heart and then let Him execute them. Do not possess any wisdom of your own. For many times His execution will seem so contradictory to the plan He gave. He will seem to work against Himself. Simply listen, obey and trust God even when it seems highest folly so to do. He will in the end make “all things work together,” but so many times in the first appearance of the outworking of His plans,

“In His own world He is content
To play a losing game.”

So if you would know His voice, never consider results or possible effects. Obey even when He asks you to move in the dark. He Himself will be gloriously light in you. And there will spring up rapidly in your heart an acquaintanceship and a fellowship with God which will be overpowering in itself to hold you and Him together, even in severest testings and under most terrible pressures.–


3 thoughts on “Selah: “The Still, Small Voice” by Mrs. C. Cowman

  1. A more Biblical approach would be that taught by the Apostle Peter:

    2Pe 1:19 ¶ We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
    20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
    21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

    God has spoken. Get in His Word with His New Testament church. Read it, study it, apply it, obey it with “the pillar and ground of the truth,” the local NT church. This might not sound as sweet and emotional, but it is Scriptural. Thanks for letting me post and hopefully I’ve added something to think about.

  2. Pastor Mitchell,
    Thank you for visiting my web site. The ladies who are regulars here (actually at my other site called Barnabasa, which is being closed–this post is from that site, and has simply been bumped over here) understand that my Sunday “Selah” posts are not meant to be anything heavy or in-depth. I do have numerous other posts on the site that are more “biblical”. =)

    The theme of Mrs. Cowman’s article is a biblical one…the working of the Holy Spirit, although it is not a sermon outline. The Barnabasa site was targeted toward ministry women (pastor’s wives, missionaries, etc.), many of whom deal with weightier matters on a continual basis. My intent with the “Selah” posts was to provide a spiritually uplifting, calming, and brief devotional intended to focus the believer’s eyes upward during a very busy “day of rest” (as you well know is not really restful for those in church work). I hope this helps clarify.

  3. This reminds me of Revalation :”He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith…..”
    It seems so hard at times to distinguish between the Voice of the Spirit and our own voice of the flesh.
    I often remind my son that if one continues to shush the Spirit, he will get quieter and quieter, but if we continue to search and respond to the Voice when it calls, or nudges, the louder you can hear it.
    Thank you, for continuing to listen to the voice that says to continue with these posts. I always find at least one that feeds my Spirit!

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