The other day as I was driving, Brent called me. I couldn’t hear him very well and I absentmindedly reached for the volume knob on the radio to try to turn up the volume on my phone. Needless to say, this didn’t make Brent’s voice any easier to understand and the unexpected noise of the radio drowned out any possibility of communication between us.
But this silly foible made me think about how I communicate with my Father.
Sometimes I go to God in prayer, really wanting to hear His voice, but while I am waiting on His answer, I turn up the volume of the world by looking to people, circumstances, and my own feelings for affirmation. This misdirection only serves to drown out any possibility of my hearing the still, small voice of my Creator and allows a lot of unnecessary distraction. And I end up being confused.
When I pray, I need to trust that God is listening and acting. He is taking care of my petition. I need not step ahead. I need not “arrange” circumstances to my advantage. I must sit and listen and trust, and when He speaks, do what He requires. I must resist the temptation to ask the world’s advice when my answer is not immediate. I need to remember that it is God I am trying to please, not man.
The volume of the masses don’t have a chance when I choose to tune in to the all-knowing, ever-present, gentle voice of God. It’s a choice I must make every time.
I must train myself to reach for the right knob…and the real Truth.
God will be faithful. The world will disappoint.
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”