-by Mary May Larmoyeux-While my car rounded the steep curve at the top of a rural Arkansas mountain, blaring rock music, emotional country songs, and the words of a talk show host interrupted one another, over and over again. Together they merged into bothersome noise that no one could understand. And so I turned the radio off.
Why did the songs and voices at that particular elevation, fight for limited air space? Because none of their messages locked on just one frequency.
You might find it strange, but when sounds from the radio become chaos, I think of my relationship with God. And then I wonder: how many times do I fail to hear from God because my thoughts are not directly fixed on Him? How many times am I more interested in family needs, world events, and the latest severe weather threats?
Dr. Tony Evans, a pastor and best-selling author, said on his radio program The Alternative, “Where you set your mind is so important because what you set your mind on will penetrate and dominate your thinking.”
The onslaught of information today is endless. And while there are many opposing voices in the world, only one has a 100% guaranteed message, the words of Christ. Colossians 3:2 says to “set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”
Today, will you and I make a deliberate effort to turn off our busy lives long enough to hear from God? Will we read Scripture before we turn on our iphones or watch the latest breaking news? Will we be more concerned about eternal matters than the confusing events of the day?
After all, isn’t God’s message the only one we really need to hear? Doesn’t He alone hold the answers in life? When we can’t hear His words to us clearly, poor decisions often result.
So today, choose where you will fix your mind. Will you set your mind to seek the Lord (1 Chronicles 22:19)? When you don’t know what to do, instead of turning to Google first, will you ask God for His direction? If you don’t, you could listen to so many competing messages that all you hear is bothersome noise.
© 2017 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
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