Mark Affleck

Noise Was The Punch That Dropped Me

August 30, 2018
Spiritual Growth

We live in a noisy world that goes well beyond the racket created by a cascading cacophony of messages and images raining down on all of us every minute of every day.

That’s bad enough on its face, but it also steals our mindshare and creates distraction from the important things in life. But what comes next is the killer punch—all of that noise serves as the ideal background for the enemy to launch his evil schemes and hijack the time we spend with God.
It may sound simplistic, but instead of panicking when the noise drops in for a visit, we should pray. After all, God’s truth has not changed just because the world is turning up the noise volume. The issue isn’t whether or not the noise will chase us—it will—but whether or not we allow God to turn it down and then off.
This is one tough assignment, of course. But God clearly wants us to lighten up and find his balance and peace. He wants us to live a quiet life without worry (1 Thessalonians 4:11).
I know from years of experience that staying busy to avoid the world’s noisy allure sounds great until you realize what comes with that deal—waking up in the night dripping with sweat and worrying about keeping your life’s deck of cards from tumbling into a heap.
God is telling us that it does not have to be that way. We just need to tune out the world’s noise and listen to him.
I ask God to help me put my trust in him and not fall for the world’s narrative which has been hijacked by the enemy.
What is your strategy to shut off noise—and connect with God? Is it working?
Make it your aim to live a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to earn your own living, just as we told you before.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11

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