Have you ever been to a football or basketball game and the crowd was so amped up for their teams that you wondered how the players could concentrate on the game? It is amazing to me the level of concentration a basketball player has to have when standing at the foul line preparing to make a shot. Most times you have the opposite team’s fans hollering to the top of their lungs and waving banners, clothing etc to distract the player from making the foul shot.
The same thing is true at football games. Did you know that in 1989, the NFL adopted a noise penalty? It allows quarterbacks to ask the referee to warn the home crowd that they are disrupting the snap count. If the noise continues, the referee can dock the home team a timeout or even call a 5-yard penalty. What? You mean you never heard of this rule. Well, you are not alone, I haven’t either. It is seldom ever enforced. Instead, quarterbacks make do with the silent counts. The fact that the rule even exists, though, illustrates how distracting, oppressive, and rude, crowd noises can be.
How do you feel about it? Are you ever disturbed, annoyed, and distracted by crowd noises when you are trying to concentrate on completing an assignment; while completing your homework in a crowded study hall; while attending a rock concert or R&B Oldie But Goodie show at the Casino? Does the noise of the crowd disturb you as you walk the pathway of your Christian journey? Are you worrying and caring too much about what people think and say about you, until it begins to interfere with your reception, your hearing from God?
Noise can keep you from hearing what God is saying versus, what people are chattering about. The Holy Ghost is always signaling and directing us trying to navigate us in the direction that will provide the solutions and answer our questions. This is true for both the “cheers” and “Jeers” from the crowd. You do know that there are two audiences viewing your performance. There are those that are with you, cheering you on, encouraging your success, and then there are those who are jeering, mocking, wishing for your demise. You might call them, “haters.”
When people cheer us on, we usually feel all warm and fuzzy inside. We stick out our chest and say things like: “Wow, I really did a great job today, "You like me, you really like me! Those were Sally Field's words when she won the academy award IN 1985, many years ago. Well, that is a good thing. You should feel good about your accomplishments. God himself tells us to encourage yourself in the Lord and to encourage one another. (Thessalonians 5:11). Listening to the cheers becomes a problem, a stumbling block if we make ministry, our business decisions based upon the approval of the crowd. If we play for the applause, we may find ourselves betraying the trust our Lord has placed in us. We’ll spend more time listening to other’s voices and less time listening to and for the voice of the Lord.
The jeers are much harder to stomach. If you have ever felt humiliated, disappointed, hurt and rejected by the critical comments of those you serve or by those in your circle of so-called friends, then you are not alone. Most people want others to like and respect them. There’s nothing wrong with that. Listening to the jeers and criticisms can become dangerous, though, if you and I make them the barometer to which we function and make decisions.
How is “crowd noise” affecting your service today? Ask Jesus to remove the noise, to redeem you from this oppression, to forgive your wrong motives and actions. Trust God to empower you to focus on hearing His t voice, especially in critical areas that affect your destiny. Whether it is cheers or jeers, let Jesus’ voice be the compass, the GPS that directs your path.
Psalm 119:134 “Redeem me from the oppression of men, that I may obey your precepts.”
"And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21.
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