The voice of the crowd or the voice of God?

Tuesday 9th October 2012

A few nights ago, my husband and I decided to have a DVD night. After looking through the range of possible movies, we decided to watch Gladiator. It had been quite a few years since we both saw it and at the end, I was so challenged by one of the many themes in this film.

The main character, Maximus, stays true to himself throughout the entire narrative. He does what he believes is right despite what the majority think. The opinions of others do not cause him to doubt himself.

His enemy, Commodus, is the exact opposite. Suffering from low self-esteem and a lack of self-worth, he desperately does everything to please the crowd. He is continually torn, confused and indecisive. He is easily persuaded by others and seeks their approval to his own fatal detriment.

Proverbs 29:25 (MSG) says, “The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that.”

It is important to seek advice from wise people and to learn from others. However, we can sometimes become so consumed by the opinions of the crowd, that we forget to listen to the gentle, yet firm, voice of the Holy Spirit.

Are you in the midst of making big decisions? How are you handling what others are saying to you? Have you taken some time to be honest with yourself and listen to your heart, pray and research what God’s Word says about your situation?

A Girl of Wisdom respects the crowd, but is not ruled by it. Her first priority is listening to God’s voice and she is brave enough to ignore the voice of the crowd.


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