“Don’t let the noise of the world keep you from hearing the voice of the Lord.”
The graphic on Facebook with that sentence in it was just a big square with a dark green background. White letters formed the words in a block type. There was no credit given, so I did an internet search and found that the phrase came from an article in October 2011, issue of “Our Daily Bread.”1
That sentence made me think about how my world, and probably yours too, is constantly bombarded with noises of one kind or another. There is the noise of the TV, the radio, the dog barking when someone comes to the door, groups of people talking in a crowded room where a meeting is taking place, the chit-chat of diners in a restaurant, the sound of siblings quarreling. The list could go on and on. Even when first wake up in the morning, I have to restrain myself from turning on the TV so that I can have some quiet time with the Lord.
Sometimes I just want to shout to the world, “Be quiet!” Then I chuckle to myself because I realize that I can’t be quiet if I am doing the shouting. The Bible encourages me:
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Any relationship requires time spent in communication including my relationship with the Lord. Being distracted by the noise of the world will keep me from focusing on time with him, whether that time is spent in prayer, Bible study, or just sitting quietly and waiting on God to speak, Spirit-to-spirit. There is an impression within my soul that lets me know the Holy Spirit is talking to me, and I should listen and obey. That communication from God reminds me of the song, “There’s a sweet, sweet spirit in this place” by Doris Akers.
“There’s a sweet, sweet Spirit in this place,
And I know that it’s the Spirit of the Lord;
There are sweet expressions on each face,
And I know they feel the presence of the Lord.
Sweet Holy Spirit, Sweet heavenly Dove,
Stay right here with us, filling us with Your love.
And for these blessings we lift our hearts in praise;
Without a doubt we’ll know that we have been revived,
When we shall leave this place.”2
It is extremely vital to my spiritual well-being that I maintain a close personal relationship with the Lord. To do that, I need to shut out the world and its noise for a while every day and listen to what the Holy Spirit wants to say to me. Shhhhhh. Listen to the “joyful silence.”
- Our Daily Bread http://odb.org/2011/10/02/in-search-of-silence/
- Sweet, Sweet Spirit by Doris Akers http://www.angelfire.com/nf/music4christ/k-s/sweetsweetspiritlyrics.html