Mental illness is a serious issue. The title of this post is not meant—in any way—to make light of those who struggle with any disorder. However, we all hear “voices” in our heads. Often.
To begin with, we have what is typically referred to as “self-talk” going on in the background of our minds all the time. Self-talk is the act or practice of talking to oneself, either aloud, silently, or mentally. You’re doing it right now. And now.
By the way, self-talk is normal and universal to all humans. There’s nothing for you to worry about here. But we also have other “voices” playing in our heads.
The voice of our earthly father (or mother).
The voice of the father of lies (Satan).
And, most importantly, the voice of our Heavenly Father.
These voices (again, often running in the background), significantly impact what we believe and do. For example, some of us, in an attempt to appease our earthly fathers, struggle with perfectionism. Some buy into the ugly lies of the enemy who is quick to accuse us and quick to point out all our failures.
But thankfully, when we silence our souls before God, we can hear His affirming and grace-filled voice. Our Heavenly Father’s voice can silence the lies we tell ourselves, the lies our parents have told us, and the lies of the evil one.
When we struggle with fear, it is because we are listening to the wrong voice. When we wrestle with doubt, it is because we have not silenced the faithless voices. When we battle with hopelessness, it is because we have stopped listening to the One who loves us more than His own life.
I want you to consider something with me.
Perhaps growing up in Christ, and becoming more like Him, has a lot to do with what voice we choose to pay attention to the most.
You can memorize the entire Bible, but if you are listening poorly, there will be significant unholy “wax” in your ears blocking the absorption of truth into your heart.
You can pray and listen to praise and worship music 24-7, but if the other recordings in your head are too loud, your prayers and praise will feel like water bouncing off Gore-tex®.
But here’s the good news: You can choose.
You always have the choice to listen to the voice that matters most. Choosing to listen to the Father will take a lot of practice. Choosing to listen to the right voice won’t always be easy.
But God’s voice will heal you. His voice will encourage you. His voice will celebrate you because you are priceless and His delight.
Yes, the Father’s voice will challenge you to grow, but without shaming you in the process.
In truth, God’s voice can become the sweetest sound on earth to you—a sweetness desperately needed in times like these.
So, choose well. Listen well. Be well.
Then a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son, In you, I take delight”
— Mark 1:11 (MRINT)
This is an updated edition of a post originally published on Kurt Bubna