Voice of Truth
Smiling is the one universal sign among the world. It is the way that we spread love and joy. Yet, when something bad happens that smile and joy vanishes. Your reason to smile fades and you forget about the voice of truth that has given you every reason in the world to smile.
Casting Crowns hit single “Voice of Truth” sings, “Out of all the voices calling out to me/ I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth.” As a believer are you listening to what God’s Word is telling you, or what the world is saying about you? God has given us the ultimate reason to smile: He sent his only son, Jesus, to die for us. Jesus died for our sins and so that we could have life more abundant. That’s the reason for smiling and being joyful. Smiling because we are free of all the sin and bondage that the devil uses to hold us back. Although we know this truth, and know that Christ has died for us, we let the devil take away our smile. Hebrews 3:15 states, “As has just been said: ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”
The devil rather see us defeated and unhappy. He likes it when our plans fail. The lies of your not smart enough, pretty enough, cool enough creep into your thoughts. They pull you under the waves of the roaring sea, and you begin to drown in self-pity. Yet, 1 Peter 5:8 warns, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Jesus tells us that we are beautiful, He calls us intelligent, he calls us his sons and daughters. The devil nor the world have any right to take those truths from you.
My reason for smiling is because I learned to accept His truths deep within. However, it did not happen overnight. From 6th grade till the end of 10th grade I did not wear my hearing aid, because I was afraid of showing who I was. I did not feel as the biggest thing about me should be shown. Being Hard of Hearing felt like a curse then. The last month of 10th grade is when I was hit with the realization that I should not be hiding the one thing that makes me unique among others. I had let the Devil come at me with lies those four years, and it showed through my smile and my joy. So I began to slowly let people know about my hearing lost, and it began helping me find who I was truly in Christ. I began listening to the voice of truth and my joy became more evident. When I look at the pictures from those four years I see that I hid my smile. I always smiled with close and strained lips, or if I did show my teeth in the pictures the smile was not as bright as it is now.
Now being a college student and being on my own I have learned so much more than as a kid. I smile because I know that Jesus died for me and made me who I am, and the devil has no authority over who I am or where I am going. My question for you the reader is: Am I listening to the voice of truth, or am I letting the devils lies take over my life? The voice of truth says, “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).