The first time my wife went on a road trip with my brother and me back in college, she was overwhelmed by all of the noise. It was our habit to blast alternative rock as loud as possible, sing along, and then engage in intermittent discussion without turning down the music. Sitting in the back seat, my wife could not hear our conversation, and we could not hear her voice either. The noise was too loud.
In much the same way, I sometimes want to know God’s will or his purpose for my life. I seek his guidance during important life decisions, but sometimes I do not feel or hear anything. What if I am listening to the noise of this world, and it is simply way too loud to hear God speak?
Now, my wife and I have two little boys. When I get home from work, we attempt to chat about our day, but the more effort we put into talking, the louder our boys get. We cannot hear each other because of the noise. I find it interesting that the world works the same way. The more I try to live according to the world’s ways while also living according to Christ’s ways, the louder the world shouts.
“You need to work harder to achieve ‘success’!” “Once you obtain x, then everything else will be awesome!” Louder and louder the world shouts, drowning out God’s voice.
Paul wrote the following to the church in Rome in regards to the world’s noise.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:2 (NIV)
Paul encouraged the early Christians in Rome to stop conforming to the pattern of the world. He argued that this would allow them to discern what God’s will was.
Are you wanting to know what God’s will for your life is? Are you in search of his guidance in an important life decision? Are you seeking what your purpose is in this life?
If this as true for you as it is for me, take out the earbuds, stop listening to the captivating noise of the world, and plug into the word of God. He will renew our minds if we let him. He will speak to us if we just listen for his voice.
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” – John 10:27 (NIV)
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