25th May 2019

The Sound of Silence

“Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day…Consider how I love Your precepts; revive me, O Lord, according to Your loving kindnesses. The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures for ever.”
Psalm 119:97, 159-160 (NKJV UK)

There’s scarcely a day passes when I don’t offer silent thanks to whoever it was who invented the zapper. More particularly for including a mute switch. So it is, that when the adverts come on TV, zap—and there’s blessed silence until the programme restarts. The same holds true for trailers, station idents and the like. We normally used to have just one of those before the hour on the BBC, but these days there are two or three. On satellite stations they seem to go on without end. Now, I wouldn’t want you to think that I spend every waking hour watching TV. Even when on, I’m usually busy doing something, only glancing up when something visual is pointed to. But still, there’s no escaping the importance of TV in our world.

Unfortunately, in life, our world has no zapper. You can’t turn the sound off, or fast forward through the nasty bits. We have to experience life in “real time” and in “full time.” That can be uncomfortable, even distressing. It used to be said that TV was the child minder. But Christians are supposed to be looking in a different direction. Sure, we can watch and listen, but we are supposed to be closely observing, not what the inhabitants of Coronation Street are up to, but what our God is up to with us, as we walk beside him. Few of the soaps or dramas on any one of the hundreds of channels available to most people today contain Christian messages. And even a few moments spent among the “God channels” will convince most people that Christianity is quite fragile even among those who profess to be followers of Christ. Some are preoccupied with healing, others with prophecy, others with donations. Few concentrate on God’s message: “Let this mind be in you….”

When you come down to it, just reading the Book is still the best way to immerse oneself in the mind of God. Of course, these days you can have someone read the Bible to you; there’s even a project to dramatise the Bible with different ‘voices’, sound effects and music. We can easily read the Bible in a year. Various programmes have been published to help make that happen. I suggest reading it afresh in a new translation, allowing God to reveal new insight into himself progressively using new words.

Go on, give it a try!

Prayer
Righteous Father, help us get our priorities right, and bless us as we read your word. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by John Stettaford
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About the Author:
John Stettaford is an Elder in the Reading Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Reading
Prospect School, Room A1 (Main Building)
Honey End Lane
READING
RG30 4EL

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
John Stettaford
Phone: 01923-241426
Email: pastor@wcg-reading.org.uk

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