Focus: Filling the void
Isaiah 30:15 (NKJV) In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.
Silence is some people’s friend—and other people’s enemy. I wasn’t always comfortable with silence. There have been times of my life when I felt compelled to fill the silence with noise.
Some people have never known anything but noise. They grew up in a home filled with noise and accepted the practice of a having a radio playing or a TV blaring, as ‘normal’.
Things have changed a lot in the past 10-20 years with the entrance of portable media players. Even before that, people were creating their own personal listening environments and staying ‘tuned in’ to their sounds of choice.
Media in general has become increasingly sophisticated and some people have become very particular about their own individual tastes. With current technology, and so much media available, people are able to tune in or tune out, whatever they want, or don’t want to hear.
But audible sound is not the only ‘noise’. People who may not have a need for actual audio—are addicted to social media, or surfing the internet. The habit is not just a pastime, but a way of filling the void they feel when nothing is demanding their attention.
Most people prefer to have their minds programmed with media for several hours a day, at least.
People who have no interest in audio or the internet, sometimes turn to books, magazines, and newspapers for entertainment.
The way to know if something has a foothold in your life is whether you become defensive or offended when you’re confronted with the amount of time you spend doing whatever it is that makes you defensive or offended.
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Filling the void is something people often do when they are uncomfortable with being alone. If a person is struggling with loneliness—entertainment can be a way of escaping from their own harsh reality.
Some people create their own environment when they are uncomfortable around the people they live with and would prefer to be ‘alone’.
In Bible times, Moses was leading thousands of people through a wilderness, in search of the promised land. We can’t even imagine the amount of noise he had to contend with. It’s noted in scripture that the Children of Israel were discontent and had a habit of blaming Moses for their living conditions and everything that came up. Moses spent a lot of time wishing he could ‘tune out’ the complaining and murmuring.
Exodus chapter 33 tells us how Moses took a tent and pitched it outside the camp, far from the camp, and called it the tabernacle of meeting. It was the place where he could go to be alone with the Lord. In that place of solitude, separation, and silence, Moses was able to hear the voice of the Lord and find the hope and encouragement he needed to continue his assignment.
Moses yearned for God. He knew the importance of getting alone with the Lord.
In Psalm 27:4, David wrote, “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.”
Both Moses and David embraced being alone with the Lord and having time to behold His beauty. In both of their writings, it’s evident that neither of them could get enough of the presence of the Lord.
When our minds are filled to the brim with media, where is there room for the King of Kings? When we spend more time pursuing ‘noise’ than we spend seeking the Lord—who is the king on the throne of our life?
When we tune out everything else—the voice of the Lord can be heard.
Declaration: I will find new strength and confidence by being quiet before the Lord. I will commit to making Him the one thing I desire most. I will show Him I’m serious by having the willingness to wait in silence before Him and spend time listening for His voice. As I hear Him speak to me—my void will be filled.
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