If I listen to the voices of this world, there is much to fear. The news is filled with reasons to be more and more fearful… terrorism here and in other countries, rising racism and division of all kinds, diseases and financial disaster, rape, murder, violence of all kinds. If I listen to all the reports I hear on the news, on social media and even from friends and relatives, I could easily be frightened of everything. Discussions on events in the world between the best of friends and closest of family can turn to hate, misunderstanding and separation far too easily. That’s because as long as we live on this earth, we have a choice who we will listen to and how we will respond to the battle that is forever raging around us. I have heard many inflamed arguments over current events that are fired by who is listened to. The truth is debatable according to which biased reports are followed. Lord, in all this mess, I choose to listen to You!
I am not ignoring the darkness of this world by not listening to what is going on; I simply refuse to get caught up in the lies that are used to kill and destroy. Most of the wrong “voices to listen to” are loud and demanding. Although, there are times, the enemy whispers little lies to encourage us to wallow in hurt and anger so it can grow into hate. I recognize my enemy’s scheme and I refuse to fall for it. I choose, instead, to listen to Your still small voice that calls me to follow Jesus in love. Lord, Your love calls me to forgive when someone hurts me; to recognize they are not my enemy. Thank You for reminding me to pray for and love those who hurt me, persecute me, or disagree with me.
When I listen to You and practice what You tell me, I rise above all the fearful chaos of this world and soar in the freedom of Christ with You! When I listen to You, I can sow Your peace, love and wisdom. When I listen to You, I can defeat the enemy and bring light into the darkness. It will be an ongoing battle until the day I take my last breath, but help me to keep on listening to You so Your kingdom can come here on earth as it is in heaven. You are the truth, the way and the life. I choose to listen to You above all the noise of this world.
“My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” John 10:27-30
“My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. ” James 1:19-22
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20
Heavenly Father, Help me choose who I listen to …