There once was a dog named “Nipper,” a terrier, who was very devoted to his master, Mark Barraud. The two were best friends and were rarely seen apart from each other. When Mark died, his brother Francis ‘adopted’ him and after a lengthy period of mourning, “Nipper” became very attached to Francis, who was an artist. Eventually they too developed a very close relationship.
Mark and Francis lived in the latter 1800s and at that time phonographs with wax cylinders were used for recording voices and music. Some of Francis’ cylinders contained recordings of his voice and each time he played one of his recordings, “Nipper” would place his head near the phonograph and look intently into it as though he was looking for his master to appear. “Nipper’s” pose inspired the artist, and he painted a picture of it that became one of the most famous and recognizable brands in all the world, called “His Master’s Voice.”
In Psalm 99:7 we read that “He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud.” What an unusual means of communication. Imagine walking through a field and suddenly hearing a cloud call you by name and giving you a special message. Seems improbable, but that’s what God did to Moses and Aaron. Yet, if necessary, He could do it today.
Our God is constantly trying to speak to us in different ways at different times and in different places every moment of every day. He does everything he can to get our attention to get us to hear “our Master’s voice.” However, we must be alert and attentive, waiting and willing to hear Him speak, and keep our eyes open to see Him in action.
Prayer: Help us, Father, to eliminate the noise in our ears and fog in our eyes so we can see You when You show up and hear You when You speak. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: He spoke to Israel from the pillar of cloud, and they followed the laws and decrees he gave them. Psalm 99:7