James 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
Have you ever felt overwhelm with all the noise around you? The evening news is full of atrocities. Even the desensitized are jolted by the crimes committed. We’re outraged by the stories. How do we process such horrific acts? My solution has been to eliminate the evening news from my diet. Can we truly shut out the noise, the crippling drama?
Our pastor recently shared a message titled, “Words Matter”. He demonstrated his message by writing word on sticky tags and applying them to himself. He said words not only stick but they steer. As he spoke, I reflected, if words matter, who am I listening to? Words impact our decisions each day. Who’s words we obey writes our eternity? Are we in tune with God or is the world drowning out His voice?
Imagine with me for a moment what a perfect world it would be if we all heard the voice of God and spoke words of life to others. How often do we allow the noise of a broken world to dictate what we say? The above verse says, “My sheep hear my voice”. Do we hear the voice of the Shepherd or are other voices drowning out His voice?
God’s Word helps us attune to Him through scripture. I have found the Word of God to be a great filter as I process life’s events. God’s word spoke the Universe into being. In the same way, our words can be used to speak life or death to others.
Who has our attention? What words have been spoken to us and who are we listening to? So often the demands and distractions of life can drown out the voice of God. Gratitude and attunement to Him can help us hear what He longs to tell us. Living from the Heart Jesus Gave You is a wonderful resource about attuning to God.
Today we said good-bye to our son, Karson, as he flew west to hike the Pacific Crest Trail for the next several months. Thanking God for His love for our son, I quiet. I read aloud Psalm 91 and speak God’s protection over him. I listen to the promises that He gives me as I silence any other voice. I recognize how I am feeling. I reflect on the big six emotions, (anger,sadness,fear,disgust,shame and hopelessness) I scan my mind and body as we drive to the airport. I attune with God and the comfort He gives. I notice what voice I allow to feed my thoughts. I pray.
We listen to God as we attune to Him and recieve His protection. God sees us, He hears us, understands us and assures us that He is with us. We are not alone. I have found Joyful Journey Listening to Immanuel to be a wonderful resourse as I listen to God and recieve His comfort.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic Words Matter and Whose Voice are We Listening To? What words have “stuck” and steered you? Do you have a favorite scripture or quote that encourages and protects you?