12 Nov Cacophony in My Head
It was cacophony. The sounds of rap music, if you can call it music, (Wow, am I ever old!) were coming from the speakers in the ceiling and some fast talking adman was hawking Golden Oldies CDs from Time/Life on a television in the corner. Since I was in a doctor’s office I was guessing someone was conducting research on patients, because no civilized doctor would or could have tolerated the noise. I tried my best to focus on just one but the other continued to be extremely annoying.
I should be used to this by now. All my life I have had two voices in my head competing for attention and loyalty. There are two small voices and they are not always so small for they sometimes roar for compliance. One promises immediate satisfaction not worrying about tomorrow and the other promises delaying gratification for a quieter but quality life. Sometimes temptation for the immediate looks so delicious.
When Jesus was being tempted in the wilderness did He hear two voices or three? (His own, Satan and the Holy Spirit.) Did Jesus need the Holy Spirit or because He was 100 percent God was He strong enough on His own? I am going to assert because he was also 100 percent human He, like us, needed the Holy Spirit. (See Hebrews 4. Tempted such as we.)
If you also have a cacophony in your head claim the promise in James 1, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” That way you will be strong enough to make the right decision.
Written by Roger Bothwell on November 12, 2015
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