Facebook. Instagram. Twitter. Blogs. Articles. Books. Everyone has an opinion, and we all want to be heard. Whether it’s politics, childrearing, fashion or religion, the world – and that includes you and me – is quick to share their thoughts on any given subject. Some are more, shall we say prolific, than others (think Kardashian) and some only speak when it’s something they are passionate about. Or maybe, we’re so busy doing all the talking we can’t hear what others have to say. I’m a writer, so I’m as guilty as the next person. The question is, in this sea of public opinion, whose opinion are we listening too? Kim K’s? The media’s? The candidates’? Or our own?
Jesus took three disciples with Him to the mountain top to witness the extraordinary – His glory coupled with the appearance of Moses, who represented the Law, and Elijah, who represented the prophets. Peter was so overcome with excitement that he started babbling his opinion – “Let’s make three booths, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah” (Matthew 17:4). I have no doubt that James and John were nodding their heads in eager agreement. They had the wisest of wise men and the very Son of God before them and the three disciples couldn’t hold their tongues long enough to hear what they had to say. God had to shake them up – and shut them up.
When I was much younger and more naïve spiritually, I attended a weekly Bible study. I cringe when I recall asking the teacher, “Do I really have to read the Bible? Can’t I just read books about the Bible? It’s too hard to understand.” She was wise and patient in her answer: “Never take anyone else’s opinion for what God has to say but God Himself.” That has stuck with me for thirty years and now, as a Bible teacher, I tell my classes the same thing. Only God’s opinion matters. What others have to say, no matter how profound they seem, whether it’s Billy Graham, Beth Moore, or Dorcas Beth Andrews – you take it to the Holy Word of Holy God and verify it against the Scriptures that were inspired by the Spirit of God. That’s what the Berean church did and the Bible calls them people of “noble character, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true” (Acts 17:11).
Want to know what really matters in the cacophony of voices? You’ll find it between the pages of Genesis and Revelation. God’s Word matters above every other voice. Find out what He has to say to you.