Faith, Personal Growth

How to QUIET the Voices in Your Head

gamecocks, usc football game
2012: At a South Carolina Gamecock game

The sound can almost be deafening.  The mass of voices uniting in magnified harmony. It pulsates inside of you as if on their voices alone victory will come:

“DE – fense”

“GAME – cocks”

Fans cheering. Band playing. Hearts anticipating how it will all play out.

williams brice field, usc football

Likewise, the voices in your head can become a movement that sweeps you off your feet, especially when things are hard, painful, and when you don’t understand. Saying things like:

It will always be like this.

If God really loved you, why would he let this happen to you?

This is too hard. You can’t make it through this.

You will never feel joyful again.

This just doesn’t make  any sense.  You’ve got to understand it before you can accept it.

Let’s QUIET these voices and allow the truth-filled voices to permeate our thinking space. A rock solid movement that leads you towards your faithful Creator.  The voices in your head SHOULD be telling you (previous post) things like:

hang on carry on

How do you HANG ON when you don’t understand?

Let’s face it. There are things the just don’t make any sense. But, just because we don’t understand doesn’t mean God is bad or wrong or unloving.  Hard things and pain are often the natural consequences to the sin and the brokenness of this world.

Hang on.

After the lion’s den and a life well-lived, God told Daniel in vivid, massive imagery how the world would end. But, Daniel didn’t understand.

“I heard, but I did not understand.” Daniel 12:8

How reassuring. God was giving Daniel details of the future and Daniel did not understand. Me, too! Sometimes, the struggles of my today instigates questions about the security of my tomorrow.

So, in Daniel’s lack of understanding, he asks God a question,

So I asked, “My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?” Daniel 12:8

Just think, if you knew who would win the championship football game before the game even started. The confidence, the enjoyment, the ease of letting the game play out because you know the final outcome.

Three things to learn from Daniel:

Hang on. Don’t give God the silent treatment. 

INSTEAD of spinning in the lack of understanding, Daniel continued a conversation with God. He didn’t shut Him out or shun Him in anger.  He asked how it will end and rested in the final outcome.

Hang on and believe God. Daniel left to God how all the dots would be connected- not questioning or worrying but trusting and believing.

Hang on. Trust God is who He says He is and will do what He says He will do.  

So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Isaiah 41:10

Hang on, sweet friend, if your life is painful, difficult, and all fuzzy right now.

Hang on when it doesn’t makes sense.

Hang on when all you can think of is how to breathe your next breath or take your next step.

Hang on. We know who will win.

amy ruth, writer