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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Start Keeping a G-d Diary

Daf Yomi Chagigah 16

The greatest spiritual turning point of the twentieth century took place following the Six Day War in 1967.  Young Jews around the world witnessed the State of Israel vanquish its enemies against all odds.  The miraculous salvation was apparent to anyone who dared to open their eyes to G-d, and many consequently became ­­baal-teshuvah (returnees to the faith of their heritage).

Most of us, however, don’t get opportunities to see the hand of G-d.   What proof do we have that He exists and cares?

The book of Kings tells how due to his Torah leadership, the prophet Elijah was forced to flee from Queen Jezebel and hid in a cave.

“And He said: Go out and stand on the mountain before G-d.  And behold G-d was passing and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before G-d; but G-d was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake; but G-d was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire; but G-d was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.”

Elijah desired to see G-d and so he looked for Him in the wind, in the earthquake, and in the fire.  Finally he found Him – in a still small voice.

You see G-d all the time.   Was that Divine or was it just a coincidence?  Your call.  And maybe you could put it down to mere coincidence . . . when it happens the first time, that is.  But then G-d gives you another sign that He is right there with you.  Two coincidences?  The problem is that by the time the second Act of G-d occurs, you’ve long since forgotten about the first.  And so once again, it appears random.

How do you find G-d?  Start keeping a diary of all the ‘coincidences’ that happen to you.  Before you know it, you will see that your life is chock full of little miracles.  Put them all together and you have a pretty clear picture of the important role the Almighty plays in your life! 

On most days, He is not to be found in the storm, the earthquake or the fire.  The Almighty speaks to us in a small, still voice.  Listen carefully and you will be moved!

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