Looking Out My Window: Prophetic Pondering’s – Filtering the Noise
I recently awoke with the phrase Filtering the Noise on my heart. The Psalmist declares, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). However, in a world of endless news cycles, we find ourselves bombarded with information overload. While technology is wonderful, many times we find ourselves living in a world of electronic notifications ranging from phone calls, to email and text messages. At times the notifications are nothing more than a new online picture showing what a friend had for breakfast.
Filtering the noise, in order to find stillness in God, is a challenging task these days.
Searching for Prophetic Vision, Not Noise
Going hand in hand with the phrase filtering the noise, I also heard the Lord say, “Now is the time to discover My prophetic vision in the quiet, instead of in the noise.” The Word of the Lord is no longer rare as it was when Samuel was called (I Samuel 3). However, I do believe the Lord is saying there are many prophetic voices in the world today making much noise (2 Chronicles 18).
“When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild” (Proverbs 29:18).
Another translation reads, “Where there is no vision.” Put yet another way, “Where there is no prophetic revelation, life giving words of hope, purpose and destiny, the people run wild aimlessly and will perish.”
The Word is no longer rare. However, I do believe we are living in a time when the “400 prophets” are making much noise as they tickle the ears of their listeners. That’s exactly what happened in 2 Chronicles 18. I hear the Lord saying, “It is time for My people to learn to discern the true word in the midst of the noise. Many are listening to the noise, but I’m searching for those who will ask ‘Is there not a prophet of the Lord here?’ As Jehoshaphat did (2 Chronicles 18:6)”.