October 20th, 2017 – DEVOTE

I remember back in the day when our children were younger, we had a conversation van. We made many a trip in that van. Probably one of the highlights of that van, and for many families today, was the TV and at that time a VCR. Our children watched a lot of movies while we were on the road. There was always a movie playing.

Today, most cars come with separate audio systems for the front and back so that passengers can listen to different music.

I saw a new stocking cap that has a very small speaker built right into it and is bluetooth ready so you can connect to your phone and listen to whatever your heart desires.

There aren’t too many days that go by that I don’t see somebody with a set of earphones or earbuds in their ears.

I also saw a little infomercial the other day about a couple who went wilderness camping but they were unable to sleep because it was too quiet and they had an app on their phone that played soothing city noises of traffic and horns blowing in order to fall asleep.

Ok, let me tell you one more. I read this lately on the internet. In 1968 there was a man whose job was to record nature sounds for films and television. He would pack up all his recording equipment, hike out into the woods, drop off his gear, and then return sometime later for the undisturbed recordings of nature. Back then, in 1968, in order to get one hour of undisturbed sound, which meant no planes, no sirens, no human presence, it would take 15 hours of recording time. Today that same man continues to record, but in order for him to get 1 hour of unaffected nature sounds, it take 2000 hours of recording time.

What am I trying to tell you? We live in a loud world. There is so much noise going on all around us, all the time. Many people feel totally uncomfortable when there is no noise. It’s difficult to be in the silence.

I thought of that as I read Psalm 85 today and especially verse 8…
“I will listen to You, LORD God, because You promise peace to those who are faithful and no longer foolish.” Psalm 85:8 CEV

Many of us want the same things this writer wants… we want to hear what God has to say to us, because we know from experience that whatever He says will bring peace into our lives. But how can we ever expect to hear God speak when our ears are filled with all the sounds of this world?

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Ask yourself, when was the last time you intentionally sat in complete silence just to listen to God speak to you? There are time when God will speak to us through the loud noises of today, but there are other times when He’ll show up in the dead of silence, if we’re willing to listen.

I will listen to You today! In Jesus name I pray this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen