Not too long ago, Dale and I went to an SEC football game. It was a crisp day for football and we were decked out with all the paraphernalia we needed to cheer on our team, along with scarfs and coats to keep us warm. It was the perfect day for football and we were ready! We found our seats, went and grabbed some popcorn and cokes, and then settled into our seats. It was a great game! It was a tough game! And because of the intensity, the crowd was loud. REALLY loud. So loud that Dale would be speaking to me and all I could see was his mouth moving, but I couldn’t hear the sound of his voice at all. And he was standing right next to me!
Crowd noise. It can get so loud in our lives that we can’t hear anything else. We can’t hear anyOne else.
In Numbers 13 and 14, there is story about 12 men, one from each of the tribes of Israel, who were to go up and spy out the land that God had promised. Moses sent them out and they were gone for 40 days. When they returned, all were cowards except Joshua and Caleb. They were fired up and ready for battle. They knew the Lord had brought them to the Promised Land and they were ready to take it, trusting that if God had brought them this far, He was sure to help them go and take possession of it.
But the Bible says that the people were afraid, and doubted. It also says that all the Israelites assembled together and started grumbling and complaining.
“That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.” Numbers 14:1-4
Crowd Noise. Caleb and Joshua had a choice to make. They could listen to the crowd noise and allow it to drown out the voice of God. They could have allowed it to deafen their hearing, blur their vision, and miss out on experiencing the fulfillment of a long awaited dream and promise for their people. Or they could choose to FOCUS on the promises of God.
I wonder how many of us have experienced so much crowd noise around us that we, too, have allowed it to deafen our hearing, and blur our vision. I wonder if we are on the verge of missing out on experiencing the fulfillment of a long awaited dream and purpose for which we were made.
Today begins 21 days of prayer for me and the team at Living Deeper Ministries. We recognize that oftentimes over the summer, we get spiritually lazy. Life gets crazy as we try to gear back up, and get ourselves re-focused, restructured, and revived. That’s why we discipline ourselves to rearrange our current lifestyle and get into God’s presence. We need to drown out all the noise that is currently inhibiting us from hearing our Father’s voice.
For the month of August, we will be fasting and praying. We will be cutting out anything the Holy Spirit reveals to us that is “crowd noise” from the world, so that we can clearly hear the Father speak. If you would like to join us, we partner with The Church of the Highlands for their prayer services that are LIVE from 6am-7am each day, but can also be replayed during that day. Here is the link: http://21days.churchofthehighlands.com
Following the 21 days, beginning September 12th, we will join together to study through FOCUS, the fourth book of the Living Deeper Series, where we will learn to posture ourselves to hear God more clearly, so we can follow Him more fully. I will be blogging as we journey together, and am excited about what God will do in each of us as we seek Him. To order your book, click HERE.
May today, you choose to embark on this incredible journey with us to