"Study to be quiet"

In the Bible, in the book of I Kings, we find the familiar story of how God, infinite Mind, revealed the stillness of His nature to the prophet Elijah. It was shown to him that God was not in the wind, the earthquake, or the fire. The divine presence could not be felt in the clamor of material turbulence, in the noise and dissonance of storm-tossed mortal thinking. But in the tranquillity and peace of spiritual knowing Mind's impartation became clearly discernible. The "still small voice" I Kings 19:12; spoke to him, and he listened and obeyed. Through his obedience he was led to Elisha, who was to become his disciple and to carry on God's work after Elijah's translation.

The Apostle Paul was well versed in the Hebrew Scriptures and undoubtedly familiar with the story of Elijah's experience. In his first letter to the Thessalonian church he urges the brethren to "study to be quiet." I Thess. 4:11; He clearly understood the importance of silencing the clamorous inner voices of our thinking if we are to hear Mind's voice, which is ever speaking to us if we will but listen.

July 8, 1967

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