Have you ever been in a car with three 5 year old little girls? It is complete conversation chaos. All three are talking about three different topics and none of them are really listening to the other one. It’s comical, it’s loud, it’s less than peaceful; but even more than that it’s frustrating and distracting!
This situation got me to thinking about the chaotic conversation of this world and how Satan uses the voices of this world to try to frustrate and distract us Christians. Satan doesn’t want us to hear God’s voice or be instruments of God’s voice in this dying world. He also doesn’t want us to have peace, but to stay in constant turmoil. These voices of the world are all around us, and yet it is our job to ignore those voices and find our own peace. But wait…is it OUR JOB alone? I’ve been studying 1 Thessalonians, and although I’m not very far into the first chapter, I can tell you that Paul emphasizes the power of the Holy Spirit and how He alone can infuse us with His confidence, His boldness, and His very life. First Thessalonians 1:4 says, “For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.” It’s not our job alone to ignore the voices and find peace; it is our job to live in full conviction of the power of the Holy Spirit and let Him do the job of speaking through us in this world of chaos. I learned from those precious little girls this week that the one who speaks the loudest will get the attention of the others. Do we allow the Holy Spirit’s voice to speak loud through us? Is His voice the loudest when we are surrounded by those of the world? This question brings conviction to my soul because I can’t say that I allow His voice to be dominant at all times. Jesus promised in John 14:16-17, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” Why should we ever be overwhelmed by the noisy voices of this world when the living God lives in us and will speak through us? The Lord has something to say through you; and His voice is innocent, pure, loving, gentle, peaceful, convicting, forgiving, and honest. His voice gets the world’s attention because it’s different. It’s not the same kind of “loud” the world might expect. It’s beautiful; it’s truth. This week I’ve heard the song “Symphony” by Switch several times. The chorus says, “Even in the madness there is peace, drowning out the voices all around me, through all of this chaos, You are writing a Symphony.” The beginning of the next verse says, “Tune my heart to your beat, let me be your melody…”
Oh, how I long to be His melody, filled with the Holy Spirit’s powerful peace above the chaotic noise of this world!
“I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27