Has the entire World turned into a Gameshow with us, the participants, trying to decide between Facts and Falsehoods? Whether you want to participate or not, you’re on the minute you turn on your TV or walk outside your front door. You don’t want to play? I don’t either.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 GNB says, “Remember that there will be difficult times in the last days. People will be selfish, greedy, boastful, and conceited; they will be insulting, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, and irreligious; they will be unkind, merciless, slanderers, violent, and fierce; they will hate the good; they will be treacherous, reckless, and swollen with pride; they will love pleasure rather than God; they will hold the outward form of our religion, but reject its real power. Keep away from such people.”
I don’t know about you, but that sounds like many people today. Hearing the falsehoods and the bantering back and forth is stressful and it makes us anxious. Do we have to turn into a recluse to escape? If not, how can we learn to discern between the two?
- Fear (love & respect) the Lord. He is the giver of wisdom. Go to the book of Proverbs, located in the Bible and read Proverbs 1:7, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Don’t stop there, but devour the entire book and all of Scripture. We were given the Word for a reason and it is to help us discern and become wise in our dealings.
- The first thing we should do is ask God for the wisdom to discern. James 1:5 says “If any of you lack wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and he will give it to you.” Some things can only be spiritually be discerned. Wisdom says don’t ever decide which is true and which is false without praying.
- Secondly, don’t trust your feelings. Sometime we believe someone because we desperately want to believe them. The opposite is true, too. Sometimes, we don’t believe someone because we don’t want to. Jeremiah 17:9 reminds of a truth: “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”
Now, why do I encourage you, along with myself, to do these things? Let’s go back to 2 Timothy 3:1-5. If these are the last days, then we need to have all the wisdom and discernment possible. So start working on becoming wise, always asking God for wisdom, and you’ll be able to stand. Don’t just follow the crowd. God’s got this! Can I hear an Amen?