Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Jammed Airwaves

My back’s been hurt fairly bad for a little while now, and I’ve had to kind’a step back from a lot of my (Physical) activities. This has lead me to having more time to think about what’s really important…Time with God. It’s amazing how we’ve surrounded ourselves with stuff, not just possessions, but entertainment. How much time do we spend in front of the TV? How much time do we spend listening to music? How much time do we spend at the gym with head phones on? How much time do we spend with our brains clouded with stuff???

Psalm 37:7 states, “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him” and Psalm 46:10 reads, “Be still, and know that I am God” How is it then that we can fill our lives with so much noise, and then complain that we cannot hear God’s voice in our lives? It’s like a man that while he’s lighting up a cigarette, asking God to help him quit smoking. If we block out his voice with all of this stuff, we’re not going to hear him. We try and justify the noise, “Well, it’s Christian Music that I listen to!” Great, but have you taken the time to be still before the Lord? “But I only watch CBN!” Great, but have you taken time to be quiet and listen to God? I think there is a big reason that people before the industrial age were able to hear God’s calling more clearly then we do now. We all HAVE TO BE ENTERTAINED at all times in our life.

I’m just as guilty as the next man with this. It wasn’t until my wife made a comment about my new cell phone that I realized how drawn to entertainment I was. I just got a new Phone that had all kinds of media options that included Cellular Video (CV). It’s a cool phone, I can now watch Video TV anywhere…or is it cool? Have I been so distracted? Have I been off the mark? YES, I have. Not so cool anymore. I’ve also started (and not all the time, mind you, but most of the time) turning my radio off in my car when I go to and from work…Time with God. When I mow the lawn, I don’t where head phones anymore…Time with God. I try to keep the TV off as long as I can when I get home from work…Time with God. I’m not saying that everyone needs to do as I do, but the clarity in my life is getting so much better. When the airwaves aren’t jumbled, that single whispering wave, the Spirit of God can be heard. Stop and listen.