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Earplugs, please.

LOUD. NOISY.

The past two weeks have been overflowing with noise from Facebook, news, conversations with others, and most of all in my head.

 

Controversy and heated debate went from Starbucks cups to Syrian refugees in an instant. Since we live in a nation with the freedom of speech and accessible internet, everyone has a means to voice their concerns and opinions. For this freedom, I am thankful.

 

However, all these comments and viewpoints can become too loud and weigh too heavily on me.

 

Of course, I have an opinion about the 9 million Syrian refugees and I can use verses in the Bible to support my view. But here’s the thing, it’s my viewpoint with a limited understanding of this complex situation, of how governments work, and most of all how God works.

 

This morning as I sat with the Lord talking about this issue, all I could pray was Your kingdom come and Your will be done on Earth as it is in heaven.

 

I needed to humble myself before the Lord and admit I don’t have the solutions to all that is broken in this world. I had to stop dictating to the Lord how I think situations should be handled, for His ways are not our ways.

 

I needed some earplugs to deafen the talk surrounding me, so I could be still enough to know God.

 

Anyone else need some earplugs?

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How can we hear God when so many others are speaking to us?

 

Before we take our reactionary, emotionally filled opinions to social media, we need to take them to the Lord.

 

If we, who are called Christians, would humble ourselves, pray, and seek His face, and would turn from our evil ways, He will heal our land.

 

If we would humble ourselves and admit we don’t have all the answers and we don’t always know the way, but we do know the one who does…

If we would pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done one Earth as it is in heaven…

If we wouldn’t insert our desires into this request…

If we would seek His face…

If in humility we would lay down our opinions, our fears, our patriotism, our rights, our compassion and seek Jesus…

If we would be still and quiet enough to hear Him speak and allow His words to change our hearts…

If we would allow the Word and the Spirit to change our wrong opinions…

If we would allow the Word and the Spirit to strengthen us with more truth and grace to share with others…

If we would ask God to forgive us for neglecting His Word for Facebook updates and media reports…

If we would ask God to forgive us for our wrong thinking and our pride for believing we have the answers…

If we would ask God to forgive us for not allowing Him to change our minds and correct our thoughts…

Then…

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And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

 

As we seek God’s face may we be reminded that Jesus come to live among us and came FULL of grace AND truth.

We carry Jesus with us into this world, but are we full of His grace and truth?

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Will we humble ourselves at the feet of Jesus so He can pour his grace and truth in us to overflowing?

 

As Americans we have a right to voice our opinions. As Christians we have a mandate to love others, which includes speaking the truth. Let’s make sure we do both well.

 

May I encourage you in the middle of all the debates and confusion, to be still, seek God and let him speak to you? And if He tells you to speak, then speak the truth full of grace.

 

 

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