A few years back, my granddaughter Kaylee listened to music on her ipad (I think that is the right name), but now she listens on her phone. When I was a teenager, back in the 50s, I had a boom box and l listened to the top ten by playing records on it. But when I was pregnant with my 2nd daughter, my husband went to an auction, and came home with this really old radio, the antique pictured above. It had all its original tubes, so we could turn it on, tune in a station and listen to music.
But the radio itself, it’s dials is what I want you to look at. You turned a dial to turn the radio on, you turned a dial for the right volume setting, and you turned a dial to go to the station you wanted to listen to. Now if you wanted to hear contemporary gospel, you wouldn’t go to a country western station would you?
Today in our vehicles, we set buttons to tune to the right radio station.
That concept of tuning into the right station, describes Romans 8:5 NKJV For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, (set their minds on) the things of the Spirit.
Many say, “I wish I could hear GOD.” But when we’ve tuned in to other stations like Facebook, Twitter, the news, or even our struggles, then our own thoughts are so loud, so consuming, the volume turned up so high, we can’t hear GOD. Our thoughts are set on another channel, as much as if our radio was set on a rap station, but we wanted to hear country music. To hear what we want to hear, we must change stations. But how do we change channels? How can we quiet those thoughts screaming at us, so we can hear GOD’s voice?
I have found the only way that works for me to make those thoughts shut up, the only way I can change channels is to obey GOD’s clear command “Take every thought captive” (2 Corinthians 10:5)). Now I canNOT turn off my thoughts, but, I can take them to JESUS (Hebrews 4:16). It sounds sort of like this, “This is what I am thinking LORD.”
Something happens when I discuss my screaming thoughts with JESUS. They shut up, and HE takes over. That doesn’t mean I have instant answers, but I have peace, my outlook changes, sometimes HE will give me a Bible verse but whatever HE chooses, I always know the next step I need to take. (Proverbs 3:5-7)
Looking unto JESUS the Author and Perfecter of my faith.