Everyone and everything wants your attention. They insist on it! From the moment your alarm clock tells you to get up, the competition begins. Messages bombard you, competing to tell you vital news. The information is something you can’t possibly survive without. Their words will not let-up until you fall asleep tonight. Voices are everywhere! Cellphones, radios, billboards, tee shirts, leaflets, bus stops, marquees, street signs, bumper stickers, pictures, painted curbs, artwork and televisions, all relentlessly speak in an effort to inform you. They guarantee their message will make your life better, safer, happier, sweeter, richer, faster, prettier… more informed, more entertained, more in touch, more attractive, more… everything!
Your spirit craves silence.
No time for that, though! Your cellphone buzzes with instant messages, emails, Twitter, Facebook, Linked-In, and Instagram. Your eyes fixed on that little screen, tells your fingers to move faster. “Stay connected,” you insist. “You don’t want to miss out!” Family, friends and business associates, all compete for your attention.
Oprah has a message for you, too; so do Chris Matthews, Megan Kelly, Tucker Carlson and Rush Limbaugh. Don’t forget about the Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses and the witness of Scientology from the lips of Tom Cruise. You better listen to Hollywood’s wisdom or else! ANTIFA, ISIS or the voices of Black Lives Matter, all have a message for you. Heck, they might shoot you or club you to death if you don’t listen! Even President Trump has a tweet waiting for you. Messages are demanding, consistent and unending.
But only one message really matters.
It’s the message of the Cross. It’s God’s message personally to you. This message speaks of God’s love for an imperfect world. It’s a message that offers forgiveness, a new start; a second chance to all those who have no hope. It’s a message of truth and freedom. It’s a message of the Perfect Savior who paid the price of your sin by dying on the cross and paying the penalty of your imperfection. It’s a message of Christ’s Resurrection defeating the powers of darkness, depression, drug addiction and even death. It’s a message of impeding judgment on a world intent on evil. It’s a message of heaven or hell, depending on your choice whether to believe it.
God’s message silences all other messages.
Every Christian needs to speak this message and every non-Christian needs to hear it. And when they both put their heads down on their pillow tonight, the messages of the day will fade into whispers and then silence. But the message of God will be all that lingers with peace that surpasses all understanding.
And with that message, sleep well.