In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an impure spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, “Go away! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” “Be quiet!” Jesus said sternly. “Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him.
I find a lot of noise in my life. My neighborhood is noisy. I live in what most people would call the “bad part of town”. We had a drug dealer across the street from our parsonage until he was busted by the cops about a year ago. Stereos are always loud in the neighborhood. You can hear people cussing and fighting on the streets every single day. It is a noisy place to live.
My kids are noisy. They talk much louder than any normal person should talk. Their indoor volume is definitely set to 11. Not only do they talk loud, but they watch TV loud and play loud. So as you can see the house is very noisy.
But do you know where the most noise comes from in my life?
I spend way too much time letting the voices in my head speak. You know the voices. The ones that whisper to you that you can do something you shouldn’t. The ones that say you can get away with doing something wrong. The ones that make you feel haughty or mean. The ones that tell you to envy what others have. The ones that make you covet.
These voices are much louder than anything else in my life, and these voices are the reason that I keep returning to God each day in prayer.
What are the voices in your life that you need Jesus to hush?