October, 2018
Can you hear Him?

Wait a minute.

Now can you hear Him?

Probably not.

It’s hard to hear the still small whisper of God to YOU, just to YOU, when you are immersed in the NOISY NOW.

There is so much noise that surrounds our lives on a daily basis.

I call it the NOISY NOW. So allow me to define it a bit.

It’s an atmosphere built upon constant noise that impacts us subliminally or just outright in our face. We enter this atmosphere by just scrolling and scrolling and scrolling. Words upon words upon words. Pictures and more pictures. All of this assaults our very being and greatly impacts our hearing in the Spirit of God.

Have you noticed that God loves to whisper and not shout to those whom He loves? At least He does in my life. If I surround myself with constant distraction, my hearing loses its acuity. I don’t actually hear His whisper. I just get absorbed into the noise and lose something in the process.

I am not advocating staying off social media completely but I am asking each of you who read this to spend quiet time with the Lord. Those one on one times in silence, with a journal are essential to our well-being. Choose your location – the beach, the back yard, a park or wherever you can just unplug for a short time to receive from God. It’s important.

“God longs to spend time with you and talk to you. Do you know that?”
The NOISY NOW demands our attention. Through constant dings, chirps, or a swoosh, it manipulates my life and captures my time, time that once lost is lost forever. With its ever-pervasive sound, it takes me captive to its loud but insignificant sound. One hour goes by. Then two or three. Or even worse – moment by moment I am constantly reminded of a new post, picture or snap. It’s our constant companion and gets more attention that those who actually are standing right beside us.

God longs to spend time with you and talk to you. Do you know that? It is in His presence that He affirms our identity in Christ. Many don’t know who they are or who they are meant to be because they have not spent enough time with the ONE who knows you through and through.

Listen carefully to this.

God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I’m an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, to — your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful—I can’;t take it all in! Oh yes, you shaped me first
inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit-by-bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, the days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day. Psalms 139:1-6; 13-16

How many of us feel undervalued, insignificant, or invisible? How many want to be listened to just to know that what they feel or what they say actually matters?

When it gets to the point where all this noise distracts me, I retreat into silence, into intimacy with Jesus Christ. Maybe it’s easier for me. I’m part of a generation that values alone time and silence. But this is my message of impartation to a younger generation. Be quiet, at least for some part of everyday.

Meditation and prayer is good for the spirit and the soul. Jesus said that His words being light, life and healing. Life changes when He speaks and there is value and glory in all that He says to you. He can say more in a few words than you can get from hours of being on social media. Jesus calls us away, to come apart to spend time with Him. Be still and know that He is God. Don’t be swept away by the Noisy Now.

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