Does the noise of the world get to you, too?
Living in an age where, because of the internet, everything can be shared on a whim, we are constantly exposed to all the different views and opinions of the world. It all can feel very confusing, especially if we’re teens struggling to figure out our path in life.
As someone living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), sometimes all the noise can really get to me. But when I find myself overwhelmed, I know there is one solid foundation that I can always turn to for clear direction: the Bible.
Peace Amid the Noise
The Bible is the Word of God, given to humanity so that we might know God’s character, His will, and who we are in Him, through Christ. His Word details the creation of the universe and humanity (Genesis 1 and 2), the way to salvation (John 3), and historical events in which we can see God at work. Its expansive writings are amazing and encouraging — and convicting. It’s great stuff.
What is it about the Bible that makes it a worthy foundation for our lives? The Bible’s reliability is based on two facts: One, God is good and wants to guide us in our daily lives. Two, the Bible is history, so we are reading the experiences of other real, flawed people. We get to see how God worked in their lives.
When I was a kid, I needed the guidance and wisdom of my parents to gain knowledge as I physically matured. God, our Creator and spiritual Father, gives us guidance and wisdom to mature spiritually. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; in all your ways know Him, and He will make your paths straight.” James 1:5 adds: “Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God — who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly — and it will be given to him.”
Due to my sinful nature, I am prone to faltering and disobeying God. It’s the same with you, too. But in His goodness, God shows us how to live well. His Word is like a mirror: It helps us to become aware of our sin, to see our need for repentance, and to turn to God for His ceaseless love and forgiveness. We can live with that assurance.
History is a great teacher. It is a blessing to be able to read the Bible and learn from the failure and victories of real people — from Adam and Eve, to the Jewish prophets and kings, to the committed disciples who spread the Gospel message far and wide. In reading their stories, we get to see the heart of God, and His understanding and patience for us. He knows we’re human!
Though I am still in my teens, I recognize that daily life can feel like standing in the midst of a storm. But every storm has an eye; a place of peace, despite the chaos. The Bible is that eye for me. The quiet space where I can feel God’s peace, and where I can gain wisdom and confidence.
What “storm” is causing you distress right now?
Today, open your Bible. Ask God to meet with you, and to provide you with peace and clarity as you read His Word. God is not distant; He is always near. His Word grounds us in the midst of noise and chaos.