|Posted on February 13, 2021 at 10:45 AM|
Samuel Chadwick, turn of the century Wesleyan minister, said “Confusion and impotence are the inevitable results when the wisdom and resources of the world are substituted for the presence and power of the Spirit.”
Today we are facing some of the most challenging times we’ve ever known. There are opinions flying, video’s being posted, credibility questioned and rumors running rampant. It is incredibly easy to jump on the bandwagon of one side or the other, and let our anger and outrage override good sense. The result, inevitably, is turmoil and division – and not just between us and the world – but between each other.
When these types of battles rage, the only one who wins is the Enemy. 1 Peter 5:8 warns us to “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prows around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” He doesn’t care who is sitting on the right side of the argument. He only cares that there are sides. Because he knows full well that we are weaker when we are divided. We can’t afford to allow Satan to weaken us with fear and confusion.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 says “… though one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Even if we disagree on the issues of the day, our behavior and attitude must be united by our abiding knowledge that real change only comes with humbleness, unity and by seeking God’s face.
We have three strong weapons that we must keep at the ready. When faced with an issue, our primary response should be to ask the Holy Spirit to guide our thinking. Jesus left Him here to direct and teach us, but that’s only possible if we first invite Him into the situation. Otherwise, whether the information is fundamentally true or not, Satan is the one who has hold of our response.
Next, we have to test the validity of the speaker. What is the motivation and the nature of the person or organization who has written, recorded, documented whatever information is being conveyed? Do we see the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives? Is their behavior and history one that would make us believe they can be trusted? And I’m not just talking about titles, party affiliations, or charisma. I’m talking about a real and verifiable walk with God. If there isn’t solid evidence of that, everything has to be questioned, no matter how convenient or brightly wrapped the packaging is.
And finally, do their claims bring order or just more chaos? Is there a scriptural foundation for the information being funneled, or is it designed to bring more confusion and division? 1 Corinthians 14:33 tells us that the God we serve is not one of confusion, but of peace. Even when we’re in the right, there are times when God just tells us we must stand down and let Him do the work. Because continued bickering only sends a message that we don’t trust God to be able to work through every situation.
The world shouldn’t mistake our meekness for weakness, but having the loudest and most angry voice doesn’t make us the victor. We can insist on being right, spending our resources on useless arguments that are not going to change the outcome, or we can begin to work towards diffusing the anger that is fueling the fire, and ask God to help us bring about the lasting change we long for.
Our strength isn’t found in heated rhetoric, but in the eternal power of our Father who fights every battle for us. Isaiah 54:17 tells us that “no weapon that is fashioned against us shall succeed, and we shall refute every tongue that rises against us in judgement. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD and their vindication from Me, declares the LORD.”
Let’s not allow the ‘wisdom and the resources of the world’ strip us of our peace, nor of our deep and abiding knowledge that at the end of the day we win! God said it and we believe it.
Be blessed my friend. God is on the throne.