By Robin Houde
When I lived in upstate New York, in the warmer months, I liked to sleep with my windows open so the cool night breeze could flow throughout. However, the sounds of passing cars and crickets was not something I could get used to.
I would have a hard time getting to sleep and sleeping all night peacefully. The nighttime sounds were very distracting for me. Someone suggested the use of a fan, for 'white noise', to help drown out the sounds of the night. And it worked! (fast forward several years - I still need white noise to sleep).
God's word is like ‘white noise’ to me. When I'm in His Word, there can be chaos and distractions all around me but it doesn't have much of an effect on me. I can stay calm during the storms and sleep and live peacefully. I have His assurance that everything will be okay. These times will pass. He has promised us that no matter how hard life is, and no matter how badly we mess it up, He's there. Nothing can separate us from His love!
Romans 8:38-39 (NIV) "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
God's Word drowns out Satan’s deceit. It's like when Jesus was in the desert and was enduring temptations. Every time Satan tempted Him with a worldly pleasure, Jesus used God's truths to debunk the devil and his lies.
If we are to become more like Jesus each day, what better way than to do what Jesus did in the desert and put the devil in his place. The more time we spend in God's Word, the easier it becomes to recognize the truth and use it against the lies.
Chaos can be a distraction but how we respond to chaos is the key to successfully overcoming it. We have a choice - allow chaos to cause us stress and anxiety, or chose to acknowledge the situation for what it is. Then deal with it, or let it go. Our response can be not to respond.
Some things are better if we just leave them alone. Meditating on the Word of God, letting it become engrained in our hearts and practicing patience goes a long way. A quick response can sometimes end with unfavorable results. If we give ourselves time to assess chaos and pray about how to handle it, God will give us the words and the actions you need to take.
Romans 12:2 (NIV) "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will."
God's ‘white noise’ is pure and holy and comes from His Word. It keeps our focus on Him and less on the world and its distractions.