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The Frequency of Life

I was driving my son to his friend’s house—he was 14 or 15 years old at the time—and along the way I shared this observation with him, “Music can influence you to accept thoughts and worldviews that you would never entertain had they not been put to lyrics with a pleasing melody. You have to be careful about what you take in.” After brief silence, Matthew replied, “You’re right.” (What dad wouldn’t savor those two words from the lips of his teenager?!?) From AM/FM to Wi-Fi, the air is saturated with radio frequencies, each carrying its own message and leaving its own effect. We choose from among them. The same is true about hearing God. There are many voices coming at us from different directions, all of them saying different things, and each of them demanding our acceptance. Then how do we choose wisely from among them? How do we recognize the Voice of truth and tune in to God?

We recognize him by what He speaks. On the eve of His crucifixion, Jesus told His disciples that it was for their own good that He return to the Father, for in His place He would send us the Holy Spirit—“the Spirit of truth.”1 We will know Him, “for he lives with you and will be in you,” Jesus promised.2 Then this Holy Spirit who abides in us speaks to us only that which he hears from the Son.3 He teaches us and reminds us of Jesus’ words to us,4 for His are the words of life.5 In the veritable wall of noise that is our world, isn’t Truth the frequency we seek? It still exists. He is a person—Jesus the Christ— and the Spirit glorifies Him.6

So we tune in to what the Spirit says, for “the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace,”7 and we tune out the worldly desires of our sin nature. We bypass the noise of the evil one, for he is “a liar and the father of lies,”8 and we select instead from the playlist of truth. We block out the voices that incessantly demand our constant fear, and we stream the song of Him who loves us. We take captive even our own thoughts and feelings and submit them to Christ Jesus,9 who is the Truth. The Spirit of God glorifies the Son of God. His voice is the frequency that speaks life. Tune in and take in all He has to say to you today.

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”—John 10:27.

Father, “Speak, for your servant is listening.10 In Christ I pray. Amen.

1 John 16:7
2 John 14:17
3 John 16:13-14
4 John 14:26
5 John 6:66
6 John 16:14
7 Romans 8:5-6
8 John 8:44
9 2 Corinthians 10:5
10 1 Samuel 3:10