This week we will listen once again to all the political rhetoric that will fill the sound waves, the news channels, the internet, Twitter, Facebook and other sources, all trying to convince us to vote one way or another. We will be bombarded with adds that seek to tear down one person and build up another.
What should our stand be as we move forward into this myriad of noise and static?
Well Paul in his prayer for the church in Colossi helps us with that dilemma when he says in verse 9:
“For this reason we also since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.”
Colossians 1:9 Filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.
That is the key to so many things in our lives. If we cultivate the knowledge of God’s will, if we seek to understand what it is that He has declared and laid out for our lives, then so many of our decisions, our actions, choices and words will already be laid out for us. God has pretty much already given us clear guidance concerning His will for our lives; to know God’s word is to know God’s will for our lives.
Our problem is that we struggle with carving out time to spend in His word each and every day. And then when we see something in there as it relates to His will for us we seek to try and make His will align with our own desires and plans, what we want to do and how we want to act. The problem with that is that living the Christian life that way so often only leads to frustration and defeat as it pertains to our walk as believers.
So try this:
When you sit down at your computer to write on Facebook or Twitter, Kick or whatever else you use as social media, stop and think – is this going to build up or tear down?
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
When you see or hear the commercials, rather than getting sucked into the bashing, stop and pray for both of those candidates that God would work in their hearts to bring them into relationship with Him.
2 Corinthians 5:19 God….has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us…
These are just two simple examples and practical applications for God’s will in our lives. Now go search the scriptures with an eye on discovering God’s will for your actions and life and then allow Him to help weave those into your daily actions and words.