By Andrea Merrell
After the fire a still small voice.
1 Kings 19:12 NKJV
Negative voices scream at us from
every direction, trying to bore their way into our very soul. Headlines. News
reports. Podcasts. Medical reports. Social media. Sometimes even the good
voices can lead us in the wrong direction.
Who do we listen to? And how do we shut out the negative voices?
In Jesus Calling, Sarah Young writes:
The voices of the world are a cacophony of chaos, pulling you this way and that. Don’t listen to those voices; challenge them with my Word. Learn to take mini breaks from the world, finding a place to be still in my presence and listen to my voice. ~ Jesus
It’s like the proverbial squeaky wheel that gets the oil. The louder the noise, the more attention we pay. And the more frustrated and fearful we become. We have to intentionally shut out those loud, negative voices so we can hear the still, small voice of the Lord. One translation calls it a gentle whisper. That’s where we find our peace and security.
As the old song tells us, He's got the entire world in His hands. Nothing catches Him off guard or takes Him by surprise. When we seek Him first, He is always ... always ... working on our behalf.
In the grand scheme of things—no matter what’s going on around us—God is saying to us, “Simply listen to me. I’ve got this.”
(Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net and imagerymajestic.)