Whose voice am I listening to?
You know, there’s someone who is trying to lead us. It isn’t accidental, it’s quite purposeful. They desire to motivate us, guide our decisions, and direct our activity. Just like a shepherd, huh? But it’s not our Shepherd…it’s the media.
I am more and more aware of the media’s voice in my life. Whether through a talking head or a simple reporter, there’s an attempt to sway my worldview. The problem with this is, I have a Shepherd. God is my Shepherd. He’s the owner of my thoughts, director of my choices, and Lord over my views. His voice is the only voice that matters, every other voice is just competition. And boy, are they competing! Daily and even moment by moment, if I will allow it.
The behind-the-scenes purpose of the media is to sway not inform. They’re selfishly motivated to vie for the opportunity to color my vision. But as a child of the Kingdom of God, my allegiance must be to One Voice.
This doesn’t mean that I remain ignorant and blind to current affairs. It just means I must hear His voice even as they are speaking. It’s a loyalty to Him over any other!
Media Got Me Angry
This really came to light with some news I heard recently. I got so furious! I was incensed at what was being reported. And to be perfectly honest, it may have been colored with extreme bias, but I heard it and was angry. Then the Lord kindly tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Shhh, I told you!
I don’t want to expose what I heard, as I don’t wish to perpetuate this anger. The Lord gave me a very specific word that He has need of this leader. This being said, all my fussing and fuming is pointless at best – or more likely rebellious – and pulling me from being in agreement with God’s will.
Daniel’s Response to the Media
When Daniel was taken to Babylon, he didn’t appear to moan and groan. The Lord spoke of the exile to come as well as what would happen if Israel resisted. Those who resisted were killed, and Daniel was given a place in the counsel of the Most High. If I stand opposed to the Lord’s expressed will through our leaders, when He has specifically told me He was doing something, how foolish am I?
All my objection, aggravation and involvement is just frustration I don’t have to endure. It’s a self-imposed stress that I don’t have to bear. It’s listening to another’s voice in matters above my pay grade. The real problem isn’t that “this knowledge is too great for me,” it’s that another’s voice has sway of my thoughts and heart.
As children of God, we will be informed by the Spirit of His movements in our world. “When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own but will tell you what He has heard. He will tell you about the future” (John 16:13 NLT). God Himself is my news reporter, dividing the truth from the rhetoric. As per this scripture, He will tell me what I need to know when I need to know it.
Shutting Down the Media
So does this mean I am going to be a news teetotaler? Will I be turning off the boob tube and XM radio? No, though I probably will curb the quantity of my ingestion from the media outlets. But more importantly, what I will not do is wrestle in my soul with what I hear. I choose to let God define what I hear by what He is doing, rather than what is being stated. I desire His voice to translate current events. I choose to be shepherded rather than led. I choose to be like Daniel in the counsel of the Most High. I want a Kingdom view in mind rather than the temporal happenings of this passing world. I am a sheep of His pasture, not a pawn of the masses.