In the middle of World War II, a soldier fighting in Europe discovered an old phonograph and a record. The recording was none other than Enrico Caruso, considered at the time to be the greatest singer in the world. That evening as the platoon sat around the tent listening to the scratchy record on the beat-up phonograph, there were two different groups of listeners. Many heard only the scratches on the record. But some, who listened more carefully, heard the master’s voice.
In this fallen world there are plenty of scratches that you can focus on—vexations and disappointments that will lead you to anger and bitterness. Or in your difficult circumstances you can hear the Master’s voice: “The Lord’s love surrounds those who trust Him” (Psalm 32:10). “My grace is sufficient for you” (2 Cor 12:9). “Overcome evil with good” (Rom 12:21). “Let your graciousness be evident to all” (Phil 4:5). Which voice are you hearing?
~ Pastor Ron