“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1
I am not sure how it is where you live, but around our home, this year’s visitation of cicadas has been one to remember. By definition, a cicada is a large winged insect, the male of which makes a shrill sound. No kidding! There are so many in our yard, trees, and bushes, that walking from the driveway to the front door is an adventure. And the sound is deafening. The noise level is so high that you cannot have a conversation outside without yelling. In fact, it was so loud one day that it was actually hurting my ears.
Thankfully, their visit is supposed to be short-lived. Unfortunately, though, there are other noises in our lives that remain all of the time. These sounds can be annoying, distracting, tempting, and even destructive. We live in a very noisy world. The speed at which our technology and access to information has increased over the past few decades is staggering. Our plethora of electronic devices keep us constantly in touch with everything going on in our lives, our friends and families’ lives, and in the world around us. We are barraged by media and culture. And it just keeps growing and coming at us day after day.
Don’t get me wrong. I organize my world through the use of electronic devices. I stay on top of what is going on in the world through the use of media. However, as followers of Christ, we have to diligently guard our hearts and minds and our time against the constant bombardment that confronts us. The world is screaming at us, much like a bunch of shrieking cicadas. The cicada’s call is a mating call. Don’t be fooled – so is the call of the world.
If we truly evaluated the electronic input, viewing, listening, and entertainment we take in throughout the day, what percentage of that actually draws us nearer to God? How much of it even acknowledges God? Even so-called family friendly media is usually absent of God (completely absent). What the society and the world offers to us will rarely, if ever, draw us closer to God. It is usually centered on fulfilling our lives with anything and everything but God. I never knew what I was missing until I had over 200 friends on Facebook. I feel so loved and completed now.
Sarcasm aside, we live in a dry and weary land. Nothing offered by this world will ever truly satisfy our longings. As Christians, there is only One Who will satisfy, and that is Christ. When David wrote Psalm 63, he was in the wilderness of Judah. As followers of Christ, we live in the wilderness of a place that is not our home. What the world offers to us will only draw us away from God and we will die of hunger and thirst trying to satisfy ourselves through it.
We need to hold fast to Christ and bury our roots deep in His Word. We need to be diligent about pursuing God and encouraging and building up one another in the body of Christ. We need to turn off the noise of the world and listen to the voice of our Savior.
God calls us to be in the world, but not of the world. The world may say it loves you, but if you are in Christ, the world hates you and will do everything it can to pull you away from Christ (John 15:19). We are told not to love the things of this world, and that if we do, the love of the Father is not in us (1 John 2:15-16).
Just what being in the world, but not of the world, looks like for you may be different than for me. God has called each of us to different roles and responsibilities within our families, society, and in the church. What takes hold of my heart may not be what Satan uses in your life to pull you away from God. But we must hold fast to the Word of God and be diligent about seeking to hear God speak to our lives. God’s Word is the standard for our lives, not society’s screaming.
“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” Colossians 2:6-8
Let us pursue Christ and have our hunger and thirst satisfied in Him. And if we are having trouble hearing the voice of God, maybe we need to check the volume of the world’s input into our lives.
Together for His glory…