There are so many voices in my head. Of course there are my own thoughts, but then in the culture we live in we are also exposed to so many other people’s thoughts and opinions. We have tv and radio. But we also have oodles of books easily available at the library or bookstore. We even have books available for download immediately. We have tweets and social media posts. We have blogs and online access to a world wide database. We have podcasts. We have magazines. Need I continue? I doubt anyone disagrees over the vast wealth of resources available to us, vast amount of noise we hear each day, and the vastness of the messages entering our minds.
Yet here I am writing on a blog. Ironic. Sometimes I wonder if I should stop writing. After all, I’m just another voice. In fact, I rarely read other blogs. I don’t follow any. I’ve even been working on giving up cooking blogs. I find myself comparing how the author lives her life or if she cooks with organic or gluten free food, or if she is building her dream home. I come out either lacking or winning. I find myself engrossed in another person’s life, when all I really wanted was a recipe. I’m heading back to cookbooks so I can work further on this. Most people now want recipes on their phone or tablet. I understand that I am an abnormality to want a book to hold! None of this stuff that I’ve just listed is bad. Neither are the books, resources, and things we hear. Some of it is helpful and great. Some of it is wise. And having access to sermons, Bible studies, and the like is wonderful! Yet still, I’m wondering…
Wondering deep in the recesses of my being: What is Truth? What is it that I listen to and take in without even considering truth. And I can find lots of contradictions and disagreements, even in the Christian realm. I wonder if we have so much access to others ideas and opinions that we fail to be in the Word of God as we should, or in prayer as we need. I’m not pointing fingers. I’m right there with you. I want to know God and His Word, I want to spend time praying, because I know I need it. I know the voices from all over are easy and alluring, even the good stuff. And the good stuff, is good. It is helpful.
But what happens when I’m more confused than ever when other voices speak? What happens when I don’t know what to think anymore? I’m learning that I must be in God’s Word more and more. I need my mind renewed with God’s mind. He promises us everything we need for life and godliness. 2 Peter 1: 2-3 says, “Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” I love that, we can have peace, and everything we need for a godly life! And it comes through the knowledge of God and of Jesus. This is found in the Bible!
Oh precious sisters what are we listening to? Today I read an article that I found myself mulling over. The topic of the article: divorce. This from a woman who experienced the trauma of divorce, the stigma, the years of praying that God would change her marriage, and now being out of her marriage and finding God loving her still. I found myself wondering and thinking. I have several people in my life in very hard marriages; some of them want out. This article got me thinking. She had read an article on sins that Christians overlook, one being divorce. She responded in her article by stating that, “Divorce always involves sin, but divorce itself is not always a sin.” I went back to my own thoughts on divorce and marriage. I know a pastor who advocates that no one divorced should remarry. I have several people in my life in happy second marriages, not just happy but seeking to honor God in their second marriage. But the biggest take away I had was a deep desire to study marriage and divorce from God’s Word for myself, afresh. In fact a friend and I just decided to study this topic together, and I’m super excited! But the warning is that context and the whole counsel of the whole Bible have to be considered. It is far to easy to take one passage and twist it to my way of thinking. Rather, I need to read God’s Word with His help. I need to listen to the Holy Spirit teach me Truth. Because here is the thing: I didn’t read the original article on the sins Christians overlook that prompted the article I did read. However, I know in our culture that divorce can be a sin. I like that this author stated that divorce is not always a sin, but it always involves sin. She went on to say, “divorce only requires one hardened heart to turn against God and against his/her vows.” True, sin is involved whenever a heart is hard to God. But all this to say, this article provoked my brain. I thought and thought and thought. This article became another voice that I needed to take in and process.
Oh be careful little ears what you hear… for the Father up above is looking down with love, so be careful little ears what you hear. I know for certain my ears and mind are hearing things, and I’m also certain that I need to pursue God’s heart and truth with all that is within me. I sadly feel that we’ve lost something in our society with all the instant news, opinions, blogs, and books available. I feel that we (me included) have lost the ability to be still with God. We read articles and hear sermons, and we fail to go back to God and His Word. I am convinced that when we do go back to God and His Word and actually spend quality time listening to God, He will reveal His Truth, and His will for our certain situations. The Bereans searched the Scriptures to see if what they heard was true (Acts 17:11). Oh precious sisters, let’s search out the Word of God this year! Let’s pray and work on developing the practice of hearing God’s voice! Now, I’m not saying we are not busy people. And I’m not putting guilt on us when we are busy and have a hard time reading the Bible. Trust me, I’ve been there! What I am saying is that I want you and me to be women who desire to be in God’s Word, who speak with Him about ways we can be in His Word more, and who find ways to listen to God above all the other voices — even above good voices of pastors, sermons, and Christian authors.
Press on dear women! God’s Truth and Word are available to tune our ears so that what we listen to is first and foremost from Him! Godly counselors can help us hear God, but here is truth: The only thing we really need is God and His Spirit. How I pray you and I ask God for more of His Truth and His Spirit in us to teach us how to listen and decipher all the voices. For God is a God of love, and He loves you so much!