“There is always noise.”Pastor Daniel Williams
I spend so much time listening to the input of the world around me…
I check read a summary of world news in my email.
I click on articles in my Facebook feed.
I see the lives of characters during my favorite tv show.
I pause at headlines of magazines and newspapers.
I listen to the conversations of friends and coworkers.
I glance at my sports app and my news app.
I read articles and articles and articles every day…
I don’t have tv. I don’t listen to the radio.
And yet I still have an overload of information coming at me all the time. A plethora of voices and opinions and philosophies and worldviews.
Because whether I recognize it or not, every piece of information I consume is tinted with an opinion, a set of beliefs, an idea of how things are or should be.
And I’ve learned that I have to have a filter, because there is noise everywhere.
I have to filter the thoughts and opinions and beliefs that are subtly slipped into my social media and my news sources and my entertainment preferences.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
1 John 4:1
I cannot, nor should I, limit the noise coming at me so far that I can keep everything I see and hear and read perfectly pure and true. But I must learn to see the truths and lies presented me at every turn and be able to differentiate between the two.
And the only way I’ve found to keep my filter strong is to intentionally and consistently feed myself a steady input of truth.
Studying God’s Word
Listening to truth spoken and sung
Spending time in prayer
Reading books and articles that point me to Jesus and proclaim His good gospel
“There is always noise.”
There are always ideas and thoughts and opinions and worldviews being preached loud to you, so will your filter be strong enough to differentiate between the truths and the lies?
Your filter needs to be built of truth in order for you to be able to identify truth.
I’m seeking to stay close to Jesus and I’m praying that He will give me wisdom as I intentionally build my filter.
What does your filter look like?