Background noise or ambient noise is any sound other than the sound being monitored or actually listened to. Background noise is a form of noise pollution or interference.
I don’t know about you but I am sick of the background or ambient noise that I am hearing when it comes to the Word of God. “New” revelations are everywhere you look. “Signs and Wonders” are being displayed and advocated like cotton candy at a local fair. “Christian” book sales in the United States along totals literally hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not against Godly men and woman who author Christian books to share their hard learned wisdom and are endeavouring to build up the Church, the body of Christ or Christian men and woman who expound upon the Word of God through the various forms of multimedia formats that are available today. I obviously do it myself. It can be a good thing, a very good thing, but it can also, so very easily, lead one astray.
Acts 20:32 NIV “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
I know there are some very good Biblical teachers, men and women who honour God’s Word, who expound upon and and speak in line with the concepts and precepts of the Holy Bible. But you just can’t pick up a book and buy it on impulse anymore, because it may be popular, or you’ve read some supposedly good comments on it, without doing at least some basic research so that you gain an understanding and appreciation of the individual’s background, and what they do or have done with the profits of their book sales and the basic essence of their message. Jesus told us that we will know if the tree that we eat from is good or evil by the fruit that it produces. The fruit that the tree produces should be in line with God’s Word (Matthew 7:18-20).
I’ve read literally hundreds and hundreds of Christian books over the course of my life. I acknowledge that is something that a lot of Christians do. Trying to find that fast track, that inside understanding or sequence of events that produces what we are endeavouring to understand and grow in. And yet, rather than taking the time to actually study God’s Word for ourselves and become proficient in discerning what is according to God’s will and what is not, humanistically speaking, we have a tendency to put the cart before the horse. We read books authored by people who tell us what they think, without having gained the knowledge and discernment of God’s Holy Word first ourselves, so that we have a benchmark or yardstick in which to compare what they are saying with what God’s Word actually says. The short story is that if you haven’t taken the time to prayerfully and consistently study all of God’s Word, over and over again, continually, day by day, you will not have the knowledge, understanding and discernment to recognize when you are being deceived. And that is a very real danger.
The Pharisees prided themselves in knowing the Mosaic Law and yet Jesus admonished them because they did not “know” the scriptures nor the power of God (Matt 22:29). There is a big difference in being familiar with God’s Word and actually knowing it. “Knowing” it takes a lifetime. “Knowing” God’s Word usually takes the Holy Spirit opening up God’s truths or ways to us, through both practical and personal application. And there is a distinct difference between the “Letter of the Law” and the “Spirit of the Law”. The “Spirit of the Law” inevitably leans towards a more fuller and comprehensive understanding. Jesus actually taught and demonstrated to us, much about the “Spirit of the Law”.
Spoiler alert: There is no shortcut. There is no fast track. There is a reason why God’s Word tells us that we are to meditate on His Word continually.
Am I advocating that we only read the Bible and nothing else? No I am not, but I have found that God’s Holy Spirit will actually let us know when we’re not spending enough time in God’s Holy Word. There is an inner witness and I have found that there is a bit of a ratio that begins to develop. My ratio may be 90/10, yours maybe 80/20 or something else but there will definitely be an internal witness where you will know it’s time. The leading of the Holy Spirit is subtle, gentle, you have to pay attention, be aware of His leadings that direct you. He does not shout or grab you by the arm. Pay attention.
Interesting enough, many times we think we are indeed studying God’s Word when we are following a study that has been put together by someone else, that involves a scriptural subject or particular book of the Bible. And that in fact may be close, but it is still someone else directing you on what they want you to see or learn. God’s Word is personal, it’s between God and you and you alone. It’s that “personal” interaction of His Word to you, that takes root in you, specifically, that changes our outlooks, hearts and lives.
Learn to value the pure Word of God. Don’t allow the background or ambient noise to rob you of what God has to say to you. There is a balance, find it and follow it as the Holy Spirit leads you. It is precious.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!