This modern world we live in is noisy. And it’s not white noise that helps you fall asleep (like a trickling stream or a babbling brook), no – this noise is loud. Television, radio, children, work conversations, telephone calls and your own thoughts are all competing for the same brain frequency. In doing so, it can drown out the voice of God that guides our decisions, actions and words.
I recently read a book about “words that hurt and words that heal”, and found a common thread on each page. The way we behave is not always a true reflection of what we really believe. It can be difficult, in a work or social environment, to remain true to God and your Faith because there are so many different factors at play but this does not give licence to ignore God’s voice in your heart and head.
Matthew 5:8 says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
Sadly, our human-ness results in easily finding gossip flowing from our mouths. Afterwards, we reflect and wonder why we felt it necessary to participate in unnecessary conversation that degraded someone else – if we’re honest there was a small voice telling us, “Don’t say it! Stop talking!” but we drowned it out. There is a Hebrew term for this – “Lashon Ha-Ra” – which does not have a direct English translation but could be best explained as a negative truth or “bad tongue”. It means that while the observations and comments we make may be true, they are negative. If someone is an untidy house guest there should be no reason to spread this information regardless of how true it is. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is a commandment and extremely good life advice! Gossiping, regardless of how true, does not fit in with our spiritual journey to be more like Christ. If only the small voice were louder!
Moral purity is about being true to your Faith and an ambassador for God. Being a disciple for God. When you next find yourself in a situation where your words do not match your Faith (and God’s commandments), you have three options: 1) You can quiet that still small voice and ignore Him (not advised), 2) you can remove yourself from the situation completely, or 3) you can use the opportunity to demonstrate God’s impact on your life by standing for the Truth and making a God decision as opposed to a good decision.
Being a follower of Christ is not an easy path. We face many tricky situations and difficult decisions but we need to remind ourselves of God’s intention for us and pray Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit in me”.
It is far easier to hear God’s voice when the world noise is turned down. This can be achieved by ensuring time is spent in prayer and reading the Bible, spending time in home groups discussing God’s Word and choosing to be with people that help amplify God’s voice over everything else.
If we need financial advice we speak to a financial advisor, legal advice we speak to a lawyer or medical advice, a doctor. Why then, do we not constantly speak to God for Life Advice? It’s a toll-free,direct line to God who is operating 24/7 to help you and support you. Dial in and turn up the volume. It’s the best channel to listen to.