Just the other day, I stopped into the grocery store to pick up some meat to cook for supper. I made a nice choice and chatted amiably with the butcher about where I work and the fact that he had been in the same industry years ago. Then as I was leaving, he lowered his voice and told me to check out a certain senator on youtube and see what he says about so and so. I had barely shut the door in the house before I was checking it out. What the senator said was quite disturbing along with the implications that were made for our country. My mind began to whirl with what if this and what if that. Well, the butcher had just robbed me of the night of peace and joy I had planned. Who does he think he is, and why was I listening? We all have these choices to make every day. Are you going to listen to what the butcher says, or are you going to listen to the Voice of Peace?
I know better than this. I know to listen to the Voice of Peace. It is a principle I try to follow and have hopefully taught our children, that you can judge the Voice you are hearing by the fruit of it. If what you are hearing from others or in your own mind brings you negative feelings, feelings of fear, confusion, or condemnation, there is one thing for sure it is NOT the Voice of God. His is a voice of Peace. We do well to learn to recognize it, and to shut out all other voices. Listening to the wrong voice steals your joy and your productivity and leads you down a wrong path. Listening to the Voice of Peace leads you down the right path and allows you to be a blessing and an encouragement to others. Refuse thoughts and messages that cause fear. Yes, there is danger lurking in the world, but more importantly there is a God of peace, safety, love and protection ready, willing and able to hold you in His hands and allow you to meet any situation that arises with victory. Have no fear, listen to the Voice of Peace, and you will walk in paths of righteousness, joy and truth. And the moral of the story is, “Don’t listen to the butcher!”
Today’s Action: Tune in to the Voice of Peace. Ask God what He thinks about certain situations you face and then listen. Refuse any thought that causes you distress and embrace this thought, “God is taking care of me. He always has, and He always will.”
Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell[a] in the house of the Lord