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Topic: NOISE (05/03/18)
- TITLE: NOISE
By Brian Stockard
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When I mention the word “noise” I don’t only mean the sound that surround us, such as chattering of a crowd or loud traffic of vehicles passing by. But I also think of the noise we intentionally involve ourselves in. Such as cranking up the volume on a stereo. But as mentioned before, noise isn’t always refer to sound. These noises can refer to constant use of our phones, texting, internet use. Having to view TV screens, etc.
When we have a goal to be in God’s presence or to listen for His voice. Or even to be reading the Bible. Being surrounded by such noise can honestly distract us from achieving such goals, because it draws us away from Him.
Jesus has shown a good example of being in God’s presence, by fasting for 40 days. As we may know, fasting usually involves being without food. But if you were to look up the definition, you will find it mostly is defined as “being without.”
I often learn to fast for an hour to several days depending on how I am led, by the Sprit. But often the fasting involves no use of TVs or other electronic devices for a time. No communication with others, or perhaps no participating in activities such as hobbies or projects.
Jesus mentioned about going to an inner room or closet to pray to God in secret (in Matthew 6:6). Although we may know His teaching is about not seeking the attention of others when we pray. He also direct a way to avoid noisy distractions that we may be heard by God and hear Him speak to us.
So, let us take the time to avoid the noise more often that we may hear Him more clearly. The result will be that our relationship with Him will grow greater and our walk will be much closer, as we seek.
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