This summer the news ‘buzz’ is about the Zika virus threat. There have been thousands of stories and reports on the issue. To date: as of August 10, 2016, there have been a total of 6 confirmed cases in which the virus was contracted in the U.S.
If we were to be objective about it, the bigger ‘buzz’ is the 24-hour news cycle that attempts to keep us riveted to the media platform of choice: TV, radio, Sirius, Facebook, Twitter, and the 1,200 other cable channels out there.
We consume what amounts to reading 7 daily newspapers – cover to cover – every single day. It is amazing we get any real work done.
Decibels and Data
Compounded by the news cycles, which began with the evening news, which then gave birth to the Morning News (Good Morning America launched in 1975 – preceded by the Today Show), then spawned the cable news concept of 24-hour Breaking News, which transforms a snowstorm into an imminent apocalypse.
Allow me to go off the reservation on this: I think all this ‘information’ is sucking the spiritual life out of us. Are we better off because of Facebook? Twitter? Snap Chat? I believe that this is actually a spiritual plague of diabolic information, which seeks to crowd out the voice of the Lord.
Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and the stranger’s voice they will not follow.” Going all the way back to Genesis 4, look at what the serpent told Eve: there was information that God was holding back on her. And ever since she bit off that piece of apple, she opened up the floodgates of information that has grown out of control.
The voice of the Shepherd is not a loud voice. Going back to Elijah the prophet in 1 Kings 19:11-3:
1 Kings 19:11-13 King James Version (KJV)
And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:
12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
Elijah was a prophet, and yet in this passage he too needed to be reminded about the Still Small Voice.
The Psalmist writes in Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
Stillness comes when we are willing to stop and allow God to start. Acknowledge God. Give Him the room He needs to work.
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