For this is the will of God, that by doing right you should silence the ignorance of
foolish people.

1 Peter 2: 15

Our world speaks in loud and continual voices; there is a relentless and all-pervasive
level of noise that becomes the background to life. We are pounded and pummeled
into a sort of insensitivity, and that is one of the primary objectives of the
one who is behind all of this auditory clutter.

Evil wants us to be bombarded and pounded with half-truths and with misinformation to the
degree that we can no longer distinguish what is true from what is false. Then,
we can become like soldiers who have been hit by days of artillery fire. We get
disoriented, confused, discouraged, and wounded to the degree that we can stop
listening to God’s truth and start buying into the destructive message of
Satan. His message always contains the need to turn inward in order to protect
ourselves, for he tells us to build stout walls around our hearts and to hold
on as tightly as possible to everything that we have.

God tells us that the answer to the clutter and the noise that surround us is to defeat
its intent through action, by doing right. I have found that right doing can
involve many different types of action; it can be a good thing done for a
neighbor, an encouraging note, an unexpected gift given, or engagement in
another person’s life. Right actions are found in our work place and in our
community. They are accomplished in a moment and over a lifetime. The most
fundamental of all right actions is accomplished by getting onto our knees
before God. It is amazing how silent the voices of foolishness become when our
ears and our hearts are communicating with the Lord. Wisdom has only one
source, and listening to God’s voice directs us to living wisely. Acting
on the Lord’s direction silences the foolishness that surrounds