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, 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 new master to appear. “Nipper’s” pose inspired the artist and he painted a picture of it that became the symbol of 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 give you a special message. Seems improbable but that’s what God did to Moses and Aaron. And He can do that today.
Our God is constantly speaking to us in different ways at different times and from different places. He will do everything He can to get our attention and share His message with us. If we want to hear our Master’s voice, we must be open, attentive and waiting to hear Him speak.
Prayer: Help us, Father, to eliminate the unnecessary noise in our lives so we can hear You when You speak. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 99:7 He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud; they kept his statutes and the decrees he gave them.