Hey everyone! It has been a while since I’ve written (save editing and an introduction) for Matchbox. A while back,, we talked about being busy, and while what we’ll discuss today is somewhat similar, it’s a bit more personal.
We live in a society that’s obsessed with consumption. Entertainment is always constantly feeding us advertisements pleading for our attention and, more pertinently, our wallets. Whether it be coffee, clothes, election updates, bottle flip videos, the new Rend Collective album (available on Spotify) or 8-Ball for IMessage, we have a consistent desire for more. Even you, as a reader of this blog, are consuming right now.
“I” am not any different than “we.” I consume just as much – if not more – than the society that I’m talking about. I don’t watch TV, though. I don’t really spend much time on YouTube (except for Good Mythical Morning when I can). I do spend a lot of time on Spotify, but what I consume most of all are…
I subscribe to six different podcasts. I know that’s not the “coolest thing” (especially since one is The Briefing by Albert Mohler), but I spend over an hour some days just walking to classes and spend at least thirty minutes everyday by driving. It kind of makes sense for my lifestyle.
My point of telling you this isn’t so that I can suggest the Relevant Podcast. Instead, the point is that while I’m listening to podcasts, I cannot listen to anything or anyone else. I’m oblivious when someone tries to speak to me. I may hear them calling to me, but I cannot hold a conversation when I have headphones in my ears.
The same goes for listening to God. Now, I do not mean that in a unnecessary, frivolously-planned spiritualistic way. I don’t mean that in a, “get the junk out of your life to listen to Jesus.” We’ve all heard that sermon. What I mean is that the podcasts I consume are often taking priority over time the Lord might want to speak with me.
The past few weeks, I’ve had times when I feel like God is saying to me, “Take your headphones out and talk to me,” “Unplug the aux chord. Let’s discuss what you’ve been worried about,” or sometimes, “Press pause. Read some scripture while you wait for class to start.”
I’ll be honest; sometimes I want to say no. I have said no, but when I obey and stop listening to Matt Chandler for a few minutes and listen to the Creator and Sustainer of everything that has ever been… Well, in summary, I am always thankful that I did. You see, a word of the Father is always stronger than the words of a podcast. The lyrics of the Great Poet are always more harmonious than any musician. The Bread of Life is always more filling than any earthly meal.
The point of what I’ve written here isn’t to tell you that we should stop listening to music, flipping bottles and eating. In fact, I’m not going to stop listening to podcasts because some of them are a great way to learn about our God. Some of them I just think are funny. What I am going to do, though, is be more adherent to listening to God when he wants to interrupt what I’m doing. Entertainment isn’t wrong, but choosing God over it is.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.”
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Check out my sister’s post from yesterday.
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Here are links to some of the Podcasts I suggest: