Years ago I was playing slow pitch softball, and a player on the opposing team hit a scorching line drive up the middle. The ball was hit so hard that our pitcher wasn’t able to field it cleanly, but he did get his glove on it and knocked it down. However, he couldn’t locate the ball, even though we were all shouting at him, telling him where the ball was. He looked to his left, then to his right. Finally, he saw that the ball was directly behind him, but by then it was too late. The runner had safely reached first base.
Later we asked our pitcher why it took so long for him to find the ball, especially with all of us telling him where it was. He answered, “All I heard was noise that sounded like a bunch of dogs barking!” What he needed was not several people shouting at him. What he needed was one clear voice telling him what to do.
In this world there are many voices coming at us all at once. It can be quite confusing. What we need to do is to concentrate on one clear voice—the voice of Jesus!
“…This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”—Matthew 17:5.