book-506481_640Whose voice do you listen to the most?  Whose words have the most weight and power in your life?  Today in my Lent devotional  there was a phrase from a Puritan prayer written centuries ago, that resonated with me,  “That I might not hear the voice of the charmer.”

This prayer:  “That I might not hear the voice of the charmer.” is far more intimate than if we prayed, “That I might not heed the voice of the charmer.”  Far more than strength or will power to not heed: listen to, believe or act on the lies of the charmer, he prays,  to not even hear it!  That is  powerful.

“That I might not hear the voice of the charmer.”

A voice that is not invested in our best.  A voice that causes us to doubt God’s faithful, unfailing Love for you and me.  God whispers, shouts, writes, reminds, shows us His love on a daily basis in the very rising and setting of the sun!  It is an unconditional  “I know all about you your daresay secrets and deepest fears” and adore you still kind of Love.

The voice of the charmer wants us to question this Truth.

We need only look to the events of this coming week to see the powerful actions compelled by God’s love.  As we enter Holy Week, I invite you to pause and listen to the Voice of Truth – Love made visible in the utter act of  will, and sacrifice that led Jesus to Calvary.

I wonder about the voice of the charmer in the Garden of Gethemene.  The taunts during the trial and the cruelty of the beating Jesus endured.  I wonder how the Father whispered truth to Jesus’ heart and mind along the road to Calvary; or how the Spirit gave Him comfort till the very last moment, when Jesus cried out, “My God, My God why have You forsaken Me?”

The voice of the charmer is crafty and unexpected, watch for it as the story unfolds this week and in your life through the day.  Turn from it and pray that we too might not hear (or heed) the voice of the charmer, but instead cling to Voice of the One who Loves us more than we can fathom.

How does the voice of the charmer whisper to you and what is you best defensive action in those moments?

 She Reads Truth – Day 39

4 Responses to “That I might not hear the voice of the charmer.”

  1. Linda

    Thanks, Susie. I do have a blog going and am working on so many ideas for articles, books, etc. You know as well as anyone the challenges of getting it all done. Sometimes the pursuit becomes the project!

    • Susie Miller

      more than you know Linda… the pursuit of these past 10 years was a project – God’s project to grow me! I am learning the rest that comes in letting go of my timing- emphasis on “learning” – as I often feel like the 2 year old who says, “my do it! My way!!”

  2. Linda

    The voice of the charmer. The hypnotic stare of the cobra as it undulates and fascinates. The smooth, soothing voice of the temptress as we are drawn into places illuminated with a black light. Not the obvious hawking of clear evil. Not the clanging of hysterical laughter and blazing egos. But, instead, soothing like the slow but sure journey of water in a stream dissecting the forest. This voice comes couched in comfort, pleasure, joyless laughter and ego centered validation. It calls to all–humble and proud alike, rich or poor, enlightened or not–with entwining tendrils that pull, ever so gently away from the white light of God’s love.
    It gives promises of a kingdom, food, drink to those in the dessert. But it cannot deliver, except for the short term. Did it whisper in Jesus’s ear as he was drug by the cross through the streets of Jerusalem? Did it promise an end to the suffering, a triumphant overcoming of the excruciating pain and anticipated torture? Did it promise soothing balms and thirst quenching waters?
    The words of Jesus on the cross, ‘My God, my God; why have You forsaken me?’ have troubled me. Why would God send soothing comfort to His Son as he suffered the torture and pain of the imprisonment, the farcical trial, being roped to the cross and forced to carry it through the streets of Jerusalem, but not relieve the pain of the nails in his hands and feet, the hanging as his body shifted and his limbs stretched to breaking? Why? Was it God who ministered to Jesus on that journey to Calvary, or was it the charmer who promised relief? Was Jesus expecting to be delivered from pain before his soul escapted this earth? Are we expecting to be delivered from pain and suffering, want and care because of the charmer’s voice?
    That Jesus would die, be buried and rise is the fulfillment of the promise. It is the ultimate ‘comfort’ for the anguish Jesus suffered. But at such a price; not the death itself, but the journey to the cross and the crucifiction. We should complain? We should expect to live always in comfort, without pain, without suffering, without inconvenience or tribulation? Or, is it the same charmer whispering in our ear that we somehow ‘deserve’ better? Better than God delivered to Jesus, His Son who became the Christ? We are all brothers and sisters; not better, but equal. A voice that says differently is speaking falsely.

    In Rotary we use a four way test when considering a project or activity.

    Is it the Truth?
    Is it Fair to all?
    Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
    Will it be beneificial to all concered?

    The four way test is a restatement of the Ten Commandments, the Golden Rule and Luke 10:27.
    “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”

    Anything else is a charmer’s shiny bauble.

    • Susie Miller

      I read your words and often think you should be writing, blogging… something to capture your brilliance, wisdom and way with words. Thank you for sharing them here. You are such a blessing to me and anyone who reads your words… or knows you for that matter!!! 🙂


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