There are many voices shouting at us all the time. No, I’m not talking about hearing specific voices as in a state of paranoia. I’m saying that many aspects of life speak to us and color our way of thinking.
- The voice of the culture tries to tell us how to live.
- The voices of Republicans and Democrats try to tell us how to vote.
- The voices of Calvinism and Arminianism try to tell us how to interpret the Bible
- The voices of tradition and denominationalism try to tell us to shun other perspectives
- The voices of temptations try to tell us it is okay to sin.
- There is the voice of conscience.
- There is the voice of the majority.
- There is the voice of reason.
- There is the voice of passion.
- There is the voice of confusion.
- There is the voice of unbelief.
- Our situations speak to us and tell us “it is hopeless.”
- The devil speaks to us and tells us “God doesn’t care.”
- Postmodernism tells us that there is no truth and everything is relative.
- Science speaks and says, “I have the facts. I am God!” (And then it flip flops on what it stated were facts).
- The media speaks and says, “You can’t live without us or our products.”
- The past speaks and says, “You can’t escape me.”
- The flesh speaks and says, “Me first! Me first!”
- Technology says, “I will make your life easier.”
- The economy says, “If I go, you’re going with me.”
And on and on it goes…
But the Spirit and the Bride say “Come.” And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely (Revelation 22:17).
And Jesus said, My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand (John 10:27-28).
Eternal life is not just something to look for in the future, it is the following of Jesus Christ now. Hebrews 1:2 says that God hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things. We may be heirs with Him and receive His abundant life when we learn to shut out all the other voices and just follow His.
In 1Samuel chapter 3, the boy Samuel heard God’s voice calling him, but at first he thought it was the priest, Eli. I believe the reverse of this happens quite often: we respond to something we think is from God when it actually isn’t.
It is the truth that sets us free. The truth is contained in the Word of God. But many times we fail to receive all the benefits and blessings of the truth because we are letting the other voices color the way we hear it. Recognize the competition of all these other voices, and then follow what God says. His voice is heard in the truth of His Word. Seek to interpret it according to His Spirit, and not the other voices.