As bombs go off across the globe and verbal attacks fly from one group to another, I find myself weary and sore. So many thoughts stirring this morning as I read both news and comments concerning how to handle the madness that is currently running rampant in our world.
As troubling as radical Islamic terrorism is, I know the roots of our problems run far deeper than that. We know we “wrestle not against flesh and blood,” that what underpins violence and hatred is spiritual wickedness originating with Satan. Yet…flesh and blood is being sacrificed as he roams about stealing, killing, and destroying. (Biblical reference)
As I watch and listen, I see and hear discord, division, and each camp, at times, guilty of leaning to their own understanding, including those who profess Christ. We lose our unity when we forget that in the grand scheme we know little. Jesus addressed this with the religious scholars of His day when He pointed them to scriptures they relied upon as truth and then brought to light their limited understanding, “but I say unto you” and He proceeded to uncover their deep lacking in understanding. Yes, the scriptures were and are true, but not one of the experts fully understood their meaning. Dare we look to see this same lacking in ourselves?
As I’ve pondered, these scriptures came to mind, Matthew 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that kills the prophets and stones them which are sent to you, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and you would not!” And 2 Corinthians 3:4-6, “…such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also has made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills but the spirit gives life.” And finally, 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If My people, which are called by My Name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My Face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
There has never been a time with greater need for Spiritual Discernment. Not only must we rely on The Holy Spirit to give us utterance to speak when He directs us to speak; so too, must we ask for the restraining power of the Holy Spirit to keep us silent when that is what most honors our Lord. This battle is large and very real and present, centuries in the making, but we are here by divine appointment to live out a life of humble obedience. The greater weariness in my heart results not from those outside of the Christian faith, but the division among those of us who profess to follow The One Whose Way is Life and Peace. “Come to Me all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)