Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,

Colossians 3: 15, 16a

Whose voice do you listen to; what sources do you go to for direction? There are more places and thus, more voices seeking to gain our attention than ever before in history. We have sources for advice on everything from the most basic to the profound. However, when we start to think about our lives; when we start to consider the big questions of who we are, what we are here for, our worth and value, then we need to be very careful about who we listen to. There are very active voices speaking to us with persistent messages that tend to cause doubt and fear and anger; voices that try to shout over the love, peace, and joy that are at the center of knowing God. They frequently remind us of the past; they speak of our failures and inadequacies; so, they feed our insecurities. The most frightening thing about these voices is that their source can often be from within.

In these times we need to have a filter like a set of headphones that selectively let us hear true messages. There is a filter in place for those who know Christ, for the Holy Spirit is even more active than all of these other voices, and He is always present in our lives. When apprehension and doubt and other forms of unrest are running rampant in the mind, we need to open up to the truth of God’s word and let his peace take charge; literally, the peace of Christ will officiate in our hearts and restore the order, the calm and the clarity that are at the center of our relationship with Christ.

We can choose who and what we listen to, and we can choose how we respond to the input that bombards us daily. There is strength and there is comfort to be found in the company of our family of faith, and Christ wants us to join with Him in this spirit-formed human gathering. As we have need, there are others who can supply; and as we have surplus, there will always be those who are in need. At the center of all of this is Christ who brings order and who provides direction to all aspects of life. So, we can decide to let our hearts and our minds feast on the richest of desserts. We are invited to dwell at the King’s banquet that is found in God’s word, and we will be abundantly filled by the loving voice of Christ.