In my quest for truth and enlightenment and having spoken to a brother a moment ago, I’m now reading a book of more than 1600 pages. Now, this is on top of reading Pope Francis’, “Amoris Laetitia: On Love in the Family” released Friday, another 260 pages. I won’t mention my steady diet of “Spirit of Prophecy” writings as well as my daily Bible reading, among other books, as well, and then of course, is my writing! I like being busy, I really do, but the thought came up: “Distractions”. I wish to discuss this for a moment.
Today in our world we are submerged beneath a behemoth amount of information. Take for example how many news channels we can subscribe. The many social networks available. The many differing religious denominations along with those who don’t consider themselves as such, but still have an opinion regarding religious understanding. Even those of us who are members of “a” particular church now have many differing beliefs regarding our faith, endtime events and Biblical understanding. Everything, it appears, is being convoluted. Daniel said it best:
“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Dan 12:4 (KJV)
Now, this might interest you. The phrase, “run to and fro” does not necessarily mean what you might think. It does not involve literal physical moving about, but our interests. Why? The answer follows: “knowledge shall be increased.” How many of you can attest this is true? I, for one, have a voracious reading appetite, and one book can lead to another, then another and…you get my point. However, I would like to share an experience I had while imprisoned fourteen years ago.
I was grateful to be placed in a unit which had a very well-stocked supply of religious material in the chapel. The question became, “which book do I begin?” I asked God to guide my hand in choosing which book He wanted me to read. For the duration I was there, I can honestly say, each book seemed to follow sequentially! When I was moved to different units, using their chapel library and they were not all the same, it seemed each book prepared me for the next one. It amazed me and helped tremendously to begin formulating ideas, beliefs and structuring my ability to articulate what it was I was thinking and believing.
How many of us have given up?
No, seriously, I’m asking you the question, “How many of us have given up?” How many of us don’t read the Bible anymore? How many of us don’t read the “Spirit of Prophecy” writings anymore? How many of us our faith consists of showing up at church, maybe midweek service and we do a disconnect the remainder of time? How many of us shy away from religious discussion because we find them too conflictive, argumentative and it appears everyone thinks they’re right, but the scary point is, we really don’t know what to believe! In fact, we are becoming under the impression: “As long as I love Jesus and treat my fellow-man right, I’m good.” Well, that sounds very “catholic” of you, because it is the basis of their religious experience, and as Adventist we should be much further along. It seems the further we go the behind(er) we get!
While God has given a “sure word”, the enemy has given us a plethora of information, mostly good, but definitely distracting, and so we stop. Not immediately, but it is a gradual process. How many of us can claim we know more this year than last year? And, we’re certain of what we know? Until someone comes along and then we’re not so sure anymore because what that person just said sounds good and reasonable and perhaps, just perhaps, God sent them to awaken us from our lethargy. Weren’t we warned the last church, “Laodicea” will have an attitude of “No thanks, I got all I need” syndrome? Well, wake up my friends, you have arrived at its threshold if you are not willing to delve into “truth”, and become solidified in your belief and understanding, able to defend it, and not be carried away with the “flood”, another prophetic point, but you knew that because you read Revelations, right?
It is my belief we’re proving the Holy Spirit to be inadequate and God a liar! Jesus said when the Holy Spirit came He would “guide” into “all truth”. If you are confused and becoming more confused. If you are being distracted with all the information, discussions and thoughts. If you are simply at a point where you don’t know where you are, I must assure you, will tell you, the “Holy Spirit” ain’t happening in your life! He’s not One to lead into confusion, so if this is true, then who IS leading you!
The wise man said:
“And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.” Eccl 12:12 (KJV)
Get directions and not distractions!
April 9, 2016