We live in a
noisy world. Yet to meet the God of the Still Small Voice, it will take a quiet
place, a stilled soul in order to hear, even more, to listen for the Divine to
speak into our darkened void. But speak God will. Create the space.
silence are necessary gates of opportunity on the pathway to encounter. Experienced
and practiced by Jesus, they are the secrets of the ancients. Most often, both
are feared because it seems before we ever meet God in these sacred
disciplines, we will first meet ourselves.
silence, inner thoughts once suppressed raise their condemning tones and must
be intentionally quenched before we can move further and deeper. It is because,
on the other side of the fray, are the more meaningful things of the Spirit,
the transformational waters of engaging spirituality.
battle is fought in the simplicity of the sequestered life, in the barren
wilderness, where we are alone with God, where our adversary has lost his edge,
and the victory of God’s creative Voice finally breaks through to heal and make whole.
Neal W. May is
Founder and Senior Pastor of Faith Fellowship Church in Macedonia, Ohio, and
holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary.
Kent State University during the turbulent ‘60s and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a minor in
education. Pastor May has
experienced the balance of both Spirit and Word, illumination and reason. He is Founder and President of Hosanna
Bible Training Center and instructor of Biblical Interpretation and
Contemporary Preaching. In addition, he has served as an adjunct professor for
Ashland Theological Seminary where he has taught Small Group Ministry,
Communication and Conflict in the Church, and Archaeology of the New Testament.