I recently came across an article that caught my attention. It wasn't so much the words in the article or the title, but the image that accompanied it. The image (displayed above) shows a pastor in the center fighting a losing battle with news media on either side for the attention of his church members. The graphic made me pause and consider what voices were battling for my own attention, and what voices were winning. When it comes to masks, COVID, racial tensions, riots, politics, presidential candidates, schooling decisions, work decisions, etc.—what or who is having the most influence in forming my thoughts and opinions? I know what I want my answer to be--I want my answer to be the Word of God! Because, as Peter says to Jesus, “where else would I go, Lord? You have the words of eternal life" (John 6:68). “For the Lord gives wisdom and from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6). I want that knowledge--that “wisdom from above that is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere" (James 3:17).
So, in the many, many areas of life right now where I am faced with discouragement, confusion, uncertainty, and controversy, I have begun praying the Lord would turn my ears from all the other noise and help me to seek Him first. I am trusting Him when He says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5). I know that seeking Him doesn’t mean I will have 100% clarity on these issues of concern. But, for me, I have been amazed at how even the act of seeking Him and reading His words has helped to ground me amidst the chaos and quiet my mind amidst the noise. His words remind me that even though life around me may seem out of control, He is in control. Even though knowledge of the right thing to do often eludes me, it does not elude Him, and He will accomplish His purposes. I’m thankful for the ways in which searching the vastness of His wisdom humbles me by helping me realize how little I actually do know and for the ways it entices me to keep seeking, learning, and growing in understanding.
I know not all of you share my beliefs, and you likely have your own places and people you’ve been turning to for guidance and understanding in this crazy time. I’d love to hear what areas of life or topics of controversy have been on your mind in this season, what voices have been meaningful to you, and how you’ve been growing in understanding through them. If you’re seeking for wisdom on a particular issue and have not yet considered what God has said about it, I would love to encourage you to look to His Word. Whether you consider yourself a follower of Jesus or not, I believe you will find beautiful truth, peace, and wisdom in what He says. I have experienced it in my own life, and it is clear from Psalm 119:105 that God's word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. If you want your pathway lit up a bit, I hope you’ll consider the Bible as your utmost source for illumination. On that note, if you want someone to look into God’s Word with you on a topic, I would love to do that! I always enjoy looking into the Word with others and trying to seek, learn, and grow in understanding together! Please just call or text me anytime at 208-861-5639 or email me at email@example.com.
By Katie Miller
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