Block Out The Noise
 


Does the noise of today ever bother you? Our smartphones make noise when we receive a text message, social media update, email, or phone call. Our cable TVs and streaming services make noise and send messages in how to live, what to buy, and how to act. Coupled with these is the news of the day which brings noises of discouragement, with murder, rape, robbery, and a political system that is filled with problems. We live in a world that is full of noises -- some good and some bad. Some timely while others untimely. With so many things and people pulling for our attention, it makes us dream for a way to ”block out the noise”.

The Bible tells us of a man named Elijah (I Kings 19:8-18). One day during a very difficult season, he heard a tornado tearing through the mountains, but God was not in this tornado. Soon after, he heard and felt an earthquake, but God was not in the earthquake. Then came a fire, but God was not in the fire. Last, there was a still, small voice (something different than all of the sounds going on around him) and Elijah knew that this was the voice of God.

God was not in the tornado, although God knew it was there. The earthquake was real, but God wasn’t in the earthquake. The fire was close, but God was not in the fire. When Elijah heard a still small voice from God and listened attentively, he was strengthened to go on. Friend, you may be experiencing a fire that you fear will consume you, a wind that is blowing you seemingly in every direction, or an earthquake that’s shaking you to your very core. But in these times, we simply need to block out the noise and hear God’s voice.

I ask you right now to block out the noise and hear God’s voice in two areas. First, do you know for sure that Heaven will be your home? I John 5:13 tells us that we can know where will spend eternity. You might ask, “How is that possible, while there is so much noise out there about God, Heaven, Hell, and eternity?” Listen to what God says in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. You see, God makes it easy. God’s plan for you is that you realize you have broken God’s law and accept His gift of forgiveness through His son, Jesus Christ. When we understand that we are sinners, that Jesus is the only way, and we accept His gift of forgiveness, we have blocked out the noise of falsehood, and we’ve listened to God’s invitation to spend eternity with Him. What a gift!

Second, have you blocked out the noise and put God first in your life? So many noises pull for our complete attention: sports, work, leisure, relationships, or even the desire to fix other people’s problems. The truth is, we can’t even fix ourselves without God’s help. After you have heard and accepted God’s invitation for your eternal home, then God wants you to live for Him. Deuteronomy 6:5 says, “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Think about it like this: God created life, He created the rules of life, He sustains Life, and He controls the afterlife, so why would we listen to or follow anyone other than God? He knows what is best, and He wants us to block out the noise of all others. 

Pastor Daniel Knight