I started reading volume two of the Thomas Merton Journals today. I’ve had it on my bookshelf for quite some time but am now finally reading it. The stopping point today came at his January 25, 1942 entry with a quote from Paul – “And lest the greatness of the revelations should puff me up, there was given me a sting of my flesh, an angel of Satan, to buffet me” (2 Corinthians 12:7).
There are many voices crying out today saying they have the latest revelation, plan, process, direction or Word from the Lord. Many are in print and many declare they ascended the mountain and have heard the voice of the Lord. But what is the Word of the Lord? What are we to scurry after? Do we scurry after the “latest word”? Or do we quietly look to the One Who gives the word with an understanding that it is not about the “greatness of the revelation” which tends to “puff up” but the humility of the one who receives the word knowing it is more about “drawing nearer to God” and in turn “pointing people to God” instead of drawing attention to oneself?
A quiet humility steps away from the “greatness of the revelation” and asks the question, “How does this draw me nearer to God” instead of “What means do I use to declare this revelation to the world”.