Eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is set to prepare for his fourth grudge match up this December 8 with his long-time Mexican opponent Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
And like any of his 60 professional boxing fights, boos and not-so-encouraging verbal tirades from the hostile crowd will always be part of Pacquiao’s boxing matches.
Boxers like Pacquiao only has two choices when he hears scathing remarks from people—focus on the negative words he hears or brush them aside and focus on the words of his trainer.
Learning from Pacquiao, we too can hear voices at times that tend to belittle us or bring down a heavy yoke of discouragement on us.
I’ve had my share of discouragements in life, but they all happen when I begin to lend my pair of ears on that “voice” that could well represent a lot of things nowadays.
In our time, we hear all sorts of voices—voice of rejection (when you just lost your job or when standing for your conviction becomes unpopular to many); voice of fear (which, when entertained gives you goose bumps, fearful thoughts or imaginations that melt your confidence); voice of uncertainty (when you’re in a crossroads of decision); voice of discouragement (when you just don’t seemed to have the strength anymore to continue) or voice of temptation (where we give in to the smooth-talk of the devil to pry our attention away from God).
All of us hear these voices all the time.
But there’s one voice that injects new confidence in us.
Psalm 29:4-5 “The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. v. 5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.”
Talk about voices, the Lord’s voice is powerful! It smashes right through the seemingly impenetrable wall of doubt, fear insecurity, discouragement, etc.
When we choose to listen to God’s voice, we can be assured of His direction, His purpose, His will, and most of all, we’ll be reminded that we are His children (John 1:12).
Whose voice are you listening to?