Friday, July 4, 2014

Be a Voice

Read: Isaiah 61

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.                                                                Isaiah 61:1

     Deep inside a giant oil storage tank, constructed during World War II then decommissioned in 2002, scientists shattered the world record for the longest echo found inside of a man-made structure. In January of 2014, scientists shot a gun inside this hidden network of oil tanks in Scotland that created an echo lasting at least 112 seconds. The previous record was made by slamming the door of a mausoleum shut, producing an echo that lasted only fifteen seconds. To put it in perspective, that would be like the current world record for the long jump being 29 feet and someone coming along that jumped an incredible 216 feet – a virtual impossibility! Although, you have probably never heard an echo that lasted anywhere near as long as the record, I’m sure you have heard an echo. Perhaps you have yelled something in an empty gym or even have shouted in a canyon. I’m guessing you’ve found the same characteristic in an echo that I have: it never changes what you say. Whatever you shout or yell always comes back to you the same way it left you. It doesn’t answer your questions or talk back to you. It merely reverberates your message over and over until it disappears.
 Our lives will echo something. We must be careful what we choose to echo. Far too many people choose to echo the world’s philosophy in daily living. They listen to the world’s music, and they echo that philosophy. They watch the world’s television programs and echo that behavior. Many people are unknowingly being used to echo Satan’s voice in society. He dictates how they should talk and live, and, like puppets, they do over and over what he bids them do. It is time to stand up and be a voice in the world, not an echo of the world. Since we inevitably echo something, then it must be the Word of God that we herald. Read it, meditate upon it, follow its standards, and proclaim its truths to a world that desperately needs to hear. Stop spewing forth the echoes the world finds appealing, and be the voice God needs you to be.
 One final thing that an echo may remind us in our lives is that once we say something, it can never be taken back. It may echo for weeks, years, or generations. Be careful what you say because it will have a lasting impact. Be careful who or what you echo, and be the voice that spreads the truths found in the Word of God.

Quote of the day: “Don’t change so people will like you. Be yourself, and the right people will love the real you.”

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