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Who Are You Listening To?

I have recently been reflecting on the voices vying for my attention. Some are the voices of friends and family, while others are online voices found as I scroll. We all have many voices speaking to us. But there is one voice that outweighs all others. It is the voice of our Creator and Heavenly Father, Yahweh.

As I consider the voices I allow in and hear, I give away something I can never take back – my time. I give a lot of my time and attention to my phone, which has both benefits and setbacks.

What a joy it is to connect with people even when proximity is not available. We can text a friend in a time of need and receive a quick response with words of prayer.

On the other hand, it feels draining to be stuck in an endless cycle of scrolling. I find that my mind is quickly influenced by the voices of comparison and insecurities coming from this. Sometimes I listen to the lies that say I’m not as pretty as the other girls with many followers or that my feed isn’t unique or artsy enough to be well-liked.

Yet in this mix of different voices taking up my attention, there is one that longs to freely give its insight – the voice of Yahweh. Oh, how convicted I am when writing this and reflecting on how I turn to my phone and give my attention to whatever apps or texts are on there when I could instead quiet my heart and connect with God.

Thankfully, because of His faithfulness, our communication with Him is like a phone call that never hangs up. We may have errands to run, studying to do, or practice to attend, but the communication line between Yahweh and us never fails.

I wonder, when was the last time you heard from Yahweh? We know that “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” Romans 8:28. Considering this, doesn’t Yahweh have the power to use anything to speak to you, His beloved child, and reveal His goodness to you?

The world we live in has many people and forms of media trying to define who we are. I encourage you to spend intentional time with God and ask Him how He defines and sees you. Revisit familiar passages in Scripture, like 2 Corinthians 5:17. What do these passages say about you, as His new creation? If you ask Him, He will reveal Himself to you. Pray. Wait. Listen.

When anyone belongs to Christ, they become a new person.

Their old way of life has gone.

Their new life has begun!

2 Corinthians 5:17 (Easy)

For many years I struggled with my identity. God continually speaks to me in this area. I believed I had to work for God’s approval and that His delight in me depended on my good works. Thankfully, God continued to whisper and reveal to me that I am His daughter and He is well pleased with me, and nothing I do could ever change His faithfulness to that promise.

Just as the Holy Spirit descended on Christ like a dove and God’s voice called out “This is My Son, in Whom I Am well pleased,” (Matthew 3:17) the Spirit of God rests on you! He has sweet affirmations and insights just for you!

I encourage you to quiet the voices around you and to listen for His voice.

His voice is loving and He longs to connect with you, His daughter.

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