Pastor Kevin Redding
Adult Ministries Pastor, Shiloh Community Church
Oh Lord, may Your voice be the voice above all voices. May Your voice be the voice that we listen for. May Your voice be the voice that we listen to above all voices.
There are so many voices screaming for attention. Screaming for validation. Screaming for influence. Screaming for recognition. Screaming for change. Screaming just to scream.
There are voices of the discontent, looking to be satisfied. The voices of the discouraged, wanting to be lifted up. The voices of the despondent, looking for anything, anywhere or anyone to put their hope in. The voices of the victims, the forgotten, the abused, the lonely, the unknown looking to be noticed.
The loudest voices seem to be from those who have finally been given a voice. The loudest voices seem to be from those who have the least to give. The loudest voices seem to be from those with the most visibility. The loudest voices seem to be from those with the least authority. The loudest voices seem to be from those who scream what is wanted to be heard. The loudest voices seem to move the mob in directions unknown and unplanned.
As loud as the shouting, is the deafening silence from those who should be heard. The silence of Your people. The silence of those who should be speaking into the noise. The silence from those who have hope, who have satisfaction, who have been lifted up, who have been noticed by You. The silence of the those who know there is more than what we see and hear.
Why, oh why are we silent when we have so much to say. Why, oh why are we silent when we have what to say. Why, oh why are we silent when we have the truth. Why do we cower in fear when You are with us. Why do we not engage with truth and love, when the Truth and the author of Love indwells us. Why do we not speak when we have the Words of Life.
It is because we aren’t listening to Your voice. It’s because we have allowed the other voices, from outside and within to silence Your voice. It’s because we are more tuned in to the other voices and Your voice has become foreign to us. It’s because we are more concerned with what the other voices say about us and to us, than what You say to us, about us. It’s because we need to train our ears to Your voice above all voices. It’s because we need to allow Your voice to be the discernment to what other voices are let in. It’s because we must use Your voice as our standard.
Oh Lord, tune my ears to Your voice. Tune my heart to Your heart. Tune my mind to Your truth. Tune my lips to Your life. Oh Lord, may Your voice—strong or small—be the voice I hear and the voice I seek above any voice.