April 7, 2017/Being in the Know

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly one can gain information now. Something happens in a far off country and we are apprised of it almost immediately. What information used to take hours, days, or weeks now can be gained in no time. We can see everything from a royal wedding to a national tragedy in minutes. Pictures of horrific catastrophes to joyous celebrations flicker across our screens  with daily invariability.

This is a blessing and a curse.

Decisions, choices, reactions to such newsworthy events now come so quickly that we have no time to ponder or discuss our own reactions, let alone those of leaders. Pundits on news shows (whose agenda is always based on ratings rather than any other consideration) spout immediate opinons often before they have real information.

A good illustration of my hypothesis is the weather channel. Weather predictions are often dicey. A few miles in one direction or the other can mean a huge increase in rain, snow, or wind. Predictors are not infallible–BUT they can raise the fear factor so much they teeter on overkill. Their predictions affect schools, businesses, farmers, and many others. With all the satellites, charts, and ‘experts’ we are still at the mercy of the One who controls all.

So, it is good to be reminded how to prayerfully learn to make decisions. In Isaiah chapter 30, the prophet Isaiah is speaking to a rebellious people who decided to that Egypt could solve all their problems. They are intent on going their own way. They take no notice of listening to the men of God or even consulting Scripture for advice.

God intends to allow them to follow their path. He is also telling them in this chapter that they will reap what they sow. Yet, as He always does, He advises them that there is HOPE. That He will provide a means of salvation. That there will be a remnant among them that have been given the wisdom to listen and learn from His word. He also tells them the means to such wisdom. Isaiah 30:20 & 21-And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

The Lord provides us His leaders in pastors and teachers who study and pray so that they are able to provide us Godly wisdom. That said, it is wise to always check the teachings that you have been given from the Source (the Bible) to ensure the veracity of your leaders and teachers.

 

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