Teach me good discernment and knowledge, For I believe in Your commandments.
Psalm 119:66 (NASB)
I love to read. Poems, quotes, articles, blogs.. you name it, I’m googling it. Sometimes when we are going through hard times, we like to find comfort in these reading these things. We like to know that we are not alone. Sometimes we look for advice. Sometimes we look for someone to find the words that help us articulate our feelings. And often we try to find someone who has gone through a similar situation to help us guide us through our present. And doing these thing may help… sometimes. But here’s the problem…
Social media is DRAINING. And we may find ourselves looking for comfort in the words of other rather than seeking guidance from GOD himself. Now don’t get me wrong, I love me some Heather Lindsey, Tera Carissa, @noringnosheets, Worth The Wait, etc. Reading, listening, watching.. all of things may be fine and dandy, but we can’t live our lives off of the words of others. We have to seek GOD for ourselves. I understand that everyone is not as strong in their walk with Christ. But we must recognize that these things are supplements. If I only take vitamins and refuse to eat any food will I live a healthy and prosperous life? No. The same applies here. We must seek God through prayer and the bible. This is our daily bread. We can’t expect to live off the words of others. It will only leave us weak and malnutrition.You’re missing out on God because you are trying to find him in other people before you make sure he’s in YOU.
It is also important to note that humans are flawed. If we go along with everything a person says because we believe that they are “strong Christians”, we may be mislead. We must have discernment. Does the person whose interpretations you have been listening to or reading use scripture? Is the use of the scripture devoid of personal bias?
Keep in mind, Matthew 7:16, “ Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves”. Every person who claims to be of GOD, unfortunately, is not. There are many people who come to sow discord. Some people are false prophets and you have to have the wisdom to tell the difference. And also look at John 4:1-3, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.” Many people have a form of Godliness but deny the power thereof.
Nothing is wrong with looking at the blogs or articles of our brothers and sisters in Christ. But we don’t face the same battles. Think of it this way, if I’m sick I need to go to the doctor. This doctor is Christ. If you’re sick, you should also see the doctor. If the doctor prescribes me a medication, i.e. gives me a personal message to deal with my problem, I can’t just give you my medication and expect you to be well. We may not be suffering from the same issues, and even if we are the medication I’m taking may not work for you. You have to see the doctor on YOUR OWN.
So this week, I challenge you to seek GOD with your problems. Skip the articles. Skip the periscope. Skip the daily vlog. Stop searching on Instagram. Log out of facebook. Get to the source. Read your bible. Pray. Seek his face.