Filtering The Noise

I have five books that I am in some stage of reading right now. F-i-v-e. And one hasn’t gotten here from Amazon yet. Not to state the obvious, but that’s too many, at least by three. But I love books. It’s kind of an obsession. Or an addiction. Two of them are about leadership. One is about building a movement, not an institution. Two are about mission, and the one in the mail is about prayer. All good stuff–helpful and insightful. But I can’t shake the feeling that, in this sea of voices, I’m often missing the one Voice that I need to hear most.

Truth is, I’ve been so busy with other things (books, work, kid’s sports, TV…it’s a long list), that I think I’ve sort of tuned out a little. To the voice of God, I mean. Or maybe it’s just that I haven’t stopped for long enough to really listen.

That’s the struggle in our world, isn’t it? In a sea of voices, it is hard to have “ears to hear” God’s voice–either through reading Scripture, or when He simply speaks truth into our lives.

What about you? Does that sound familiar?

 

I was thinking about this yesterday, finding myself falling into a little bit of worry and fear about life and church stuff and really just not feeling connected to Jesus. That’s when I read this:

…because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for He chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to His plan.

Actually, I read that right after I checked my e-mail. And my phone. And skimmed the major news headlines and visited Facebook. But I digress. The point is, this was a Word that I needed to hear this morning. God spoke them right into my doubts and fears. And I almost missed it.

I find that I so often crave this sort of intimacy with God, this security in knowing Him and hearing His voice…and yet being “united with Christ” seems to fall down the list. A host other voices are much louder and easier. God is so gentle with us that He will often break through the noise and speak life. That’s just how He rolls. But I know I could be more intentional on my end of the relationship.

For right now, I’ve decided to put down a few of the other books. Maybe I’ll go from five to one. Or maybe two. And I could probably throw in a few less Facebook check-ins while I’m at it. In any case, it’s about tuning back in to the one Voice that really matters.