My husband is a ham radio operator. Numerous times I have walked by as he turned the dial on his radio, seeking to contact other operators like himself. In case you’ve never heard that process, I’ll try to explain what it sounds like.
Sudden piercing high tones dip and slide into drawn-out lows which then approach the unintelligible sound of garbled speech. Then these sounds suddenly become clear, and a voice emerges speaking real words in a real language, usually English.
I wonder, if we zoomed out to outer space and hovered there in a space suit, holding God’s hand, listening to human interactions through frequencies only available to Him, what might it sound like?
Would it sound like sudden highs of screaming voices and clashes of fighting and violence and wars, dipping through the cursing and name calling, threats and abusive language and lies, sliding through garbled voices of small talk and business-as-usual, to that one clear meaningful conversation where loving and kind human connection is being made?
I’m sure all that war, screaming, and violence grieves Him.
And would it be any surprise that He would gravitate toward drawing near and listening to the loving, kind conversations and even interacting with them?
“Though the LORD is exalted, He regards the lowly [and invites them into His fellowship]; But the proud and haughty He knows from a distance.” Psalm 138:6 AMP
“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6b
Personally, because of abuses I’ve experienced in the past, I have had to distance myself for a long time from what emotionally feels like acid exploding in a chemistry lab or noxious emanations being spewed forth in the sick room of all sorts of media, whether face to face, on billboards, through televised and written news sources from all sides of the spectrum, in movies and TV shows, over the phone, on chats, and even in some historical documentaries.
Even many preteens are spewing meanness, belittling words, bullying, and name calling.
It makes me sad because that’s not the way it’s supposed to be.
These behaviors do NOT effectuate good changes in society.
The radio, it’s dial, and the antenna are the tools used to find the right frequencies both to listen to and to speak with another ham radio operator in some other part of the world.
The Bible is our tool that helps us find and share kindness, love, and peaceful interactions with others.
“Remember this, my dear friends! Everyone must be quick to listen, but slow to speak and slow to become angry.
Human anger does not achieve God’s righteous purpose. So get rid of every filthy habit…” James 1:19-21a GNT
“There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: …
…and (#7) a person who stirs up conflict in the community.” Proverbs 6:16, 19 NIV
“As I have observed, those who plow iniquity and those who sow trouble reap the same.” Job 4:8 BSB
Let’s quickly dial past all the screeching and chaotic cacophony and tune in to God’s frequency of true love, joy, and peace through Jesus Christ and His perfect Word, the Bible.
“Therefore, since we have been justified [that is, acquitted of sin, declared blameless before God] by faith, [let us grasp the fact that] we have peace with God [and the joy of reconciliation with Him] through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed).” Romans 5:1 AMP
“For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 AMP
Today I’m thankful for radio frequencies.
I’m thankful for the ability to dial through the screeches and dips to relatable voices in other parts of the world. I’m thankful that God is always with me and that He loves us all. I’m also thankful for the Bible that teaches us how to get rid of the screaming, work through the conflicts, and find peace with God and mankind.
What about you? Have you found peace with God through the Lord Jesus Christ? How has that changed your life for the better?