By Patrick Hawthorne
Voices…they are all around, each vying for our attention. Daily, we are inundated with hundreds, if not thousands of voices screaming their mind piercing messages ordering us to follow them. Noise upon noise upon noise; advice, directions and misdirection’s are barked out. Do this. Don’t do that. Believe this. Don’t believe that. STOP!
The many voices, although appearing as plentiful as the sands of the sea, are in fact one single voice amplified through many forms. Using all available mediums such as radio, television, social media, and people in general, this sole voice distracts and redirects, manipulates and deceives. This voice belongs to satan whose sole purpose is to kill, to steal, and to destroy.
Yet, in the mix of the chaos, one voice calls out. This voice has a frequency, a tone that is able to penetrate through the vilest of screeches to bring calm even in the midst of confusion. Bypassing the ears, this voice is able to penetrate the depths of the heart while providing a salve to heal even the most wounded of souls; to bring freedom to the captive.
This voice, belonging to the Holy Spirit, speaks not in personal authority but in the authority of the One who sent Him. Although convicting, His voice will never condemn. Nor will He ever employ deceit, trickery, or double talk as a manipulative tool or a device to win your affection.
As one who has suffered with bouts of depression, I know about the screaming voices…voices that say, “You are pathetic. God could never use you, so just give it up!” I also know that I have a Comforter who taught me how to silence the voices and to look to Him for peace of mind.
If this describes you, I would like to encourage you to call out to Jesus. He is not looking for fancy words like, “Thus, Thee, or Thou.” He is looking for simplicity of heart and prayers such as, “Hi Jesus, I’ve gotten myself in a mess and I need Your help.” Be blessed.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:6-7 NIV)