Written by Dick Mills
"A still small voice" (1 Kings 19:12 NKJ).
The Hebrew word translated still here comes from the root word damam
(daw-mam') which is an imitation of the sound made with the mouth shut, such as dmmmm or hmmmm. It applies to the sound made by one who is lost in wonder and astonishment. It is also used to refer to hearing someone without their speaking - a voice of silence.
I believe this passage of scripture has a great deal to say to us as individuals. I believe the Lord wants us to function free of stress. The Prince of Peace has a majestic quality of serenity and composure to exhibit to a tense and hyper world.
The nonbeliever living in a tension-filled climate of stress and anxiety is unable to cope with life's hassle. The Christian, by contrast, has been promised quietness and assurance forever (Isa. 32:17).
We believers are like an island of peace in a sea of turmoil. This "still small voice" represents to us a total absence of agitation and turmoil. We have something to give to a world that is in trouble and desperately calling for help.
The significance of the still small voice in Elijah's case can be measured by the end result it produced. After heeding it, his depression was gone, his courage revived, his calling restored, and his strength renewed. He was able to return to his normal duties without fear and with a new appreciation of God's gentle dealings.
The same still small voice is speaking to you and me today. It is the voice of Jesus saying to us: "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light" (Matt. 11:29-30).
Source: The Spirit-Filled Believer's Daily Devotional by Dick Mills
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers