Posted by: Larry Hoekman | May 23, 2015

Fruit of the Spirit — Our Gentle God!

Day 1987:  Today we explore gentleness – the eighth of nine fruit of the Spirit!  We truly do have a gentle God!

Scripture:  Jesus tells me to take His yoke upon me, and learn from Him, for He is humble and gentle.  In Him, I will find rest for my soul.  Matthew 11:29      And behold, the Lord was passing by!  Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountain apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind.  After the wind, there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire.  And after the fire came a gentle whisper.  When Elijah heard it . . .   I Kings 19:11b-13a

Thoughts/questions:  It’s is unbelievable enough that the living God of the universe has chosen to communicate with us at all, and even more amazing is that He communicates in a gentle fashion.  Considering whom He is dealing with, it might seem to require a more direct approach – like a 2 x 4 to the head – to get our attention!  Although the Holy Spirit does use that technique at times, (I’ve still got the dent!) He usually uses a different approach – a gentle whisper.

Two things: 1) A gentle whisper requires a listening ear!   We all respond to the 2 x 4, but usually our gentle God whispers.  After reading this devotional will you be off on your day, or will you stop for at least a few moments and listen for His gentle whisper? At first, it might be like some of my college professors who were teaching me new information, and their foreign accents made them almost impossible to understand.  But after a few weeks, I finally could figure out what they were trying to teach me.  God is the same – at first listening might be hard, but stay with it!  He will be whispering to you!

2) Gentle – when we experience a gentle breeze on a hot day, or a quiet walk under a gentle rain – these are refreshing times.  God is that ‘refreshing’ gentleness!  Let this fruit of the Spirit flow through you from the God of the gentle whisper!

Suggested prayer:  Lord, thank You for treating me in such a gentle fashion . . .

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