The voices from the Tohuwabohu

From the Tohuwabohu of voices around us, what they tell us, and which matter. Translated from Hebrew Tohuwabahu means a huge chaos.

Humans are constantly exposed to a jumble of voices form inside and outside. The question often is, how to entangle those from time to time, that they make sense in our lives. 

Dealing with voices and their (non-)values is different in the cross-section of society. I name here four representative voices that are making themselves strong pathways and what they result in.

  • Make use of the Chaos (Tohuwabohu); risky business (stock exchange)
  • Deal with the Chaos; no progress, fatalism (religion)
  • Try to order the Chaos; invent your own ethics (ideology)
  • Seek for the well of order; seek for revelation (holy scriptures)

So, how do we personally deal with voices, which trouble us, let us doubt or even despair, or even question ourselves? Do you want to see new and innovative things evolve?

A famous soccer club states, that their values are the silverware of soccer.

Voices have a value building character on us. Those who listen to them, start to embody their message. 

Right at the beginning of the biblical creation story, when the Hebrew word for chaos is used, the sound of a voice appears which brings order in form of the creation of a beautiful world forth. (Gen 1:1-2). To bring order into to the chaos of voices, time to time, and listen to the voice of the creator, opens us up for God`s Shalom and order. It helps us to get through to ourselves and order the chaos.

Jesus says in the authority as God`s son: “My sheep hear my voice.” Whoever wants to listen to his voice, has to do but one thing: Like a sheep follow the shepherd. And: “My sheep know my voice, …and I know them, and they follow me; and I will give them eternal life, and they will not get lost forever, and no one will rob them from my hand. My father has given them to me, who is greater than all, and no one can claim them out of my father.” (John 10:27 ff).

Are you in need of better “silverware”, to gain perspective in life, help of the chaos of voices, the one voice who matters most to listen to? Then let the famous words of Psalm 23 be the voice which will lead you to your personal revelation:

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Psalm 23:1; 6