Tuesday, January 23, 2018

"Too Many Voices"

Matthew 17.5 NASU

“While he [Peter] was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, ‘This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!’ 

When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground and were terrified. 

And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, ‘Get up, and do not be afraid.’

Many voices compete for my attention. To whom will I listen?

The Voice of Despair: “Give up. Things are never going to work out. You’ve given all you can. It’s time to quit.”

The Voice of Sin: “You earned this. No one will ever find out. There’s nothing really that wrong with it anyway.”

The Voice of Bitterness: “I can’t believe how they treated you! You deserve better. God will judge them for what they did to you.”

The Voice of Fear: “You cannot achieve what your dream. Turn back now before you make a bigger fool of yourself.”

The Voice of Resignation: "You’re tired. Take a rest. Let the younger (more called, more talented, more capable) ones take your place.”

The Voice of Confusion: “You’ll never wrap your head around this one. It’s way too complicated a simple mind like yours.”

The Voice of Religion: “There are many paths to God. All of them are right. Be a sincere and good person. You’ll get there if you keep trying.”

The Voice of Jealousy: “That promotion belonged to you. You’re every bit as good. Better than that jerk for sure!”

The Voice of Impatience: “They are so slow. They must be stupid. Don’t they know how busy you are. Tell them to hurry up!”

The Voice of Contention: “What’s their problem? Can’t they see there’s a better way... your way!”

The Voice of Jesus: “Get up, and do not be afraid.”

Which voice will I listen to?

“This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased;
listen to Him!

Image by Faris "Silent Voices" (http://farisyakob.typepad.com/blog/2007/10/silent-voices.html) is a reworking of a Franz Ferdinand album cover"You Can Have It So Much Better" by Matthew Cooper which itself reworks a famous 1924 photomontage by Russian Constructivist artist, Aleksandr Rodchenko (see "Constructivism: the ism that just keeps givin'" http://www.creativereview.co.uk/cr-blog/2008/august/constructivism-the-ism-that-just-keeps-givin).

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