Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Pastor's Ponderings, October 2, 2018

Our God Is The Source of All Wisdom

According to Wikipedia, “the Rorschach test is a psychological test in which subjects' perceptions of inkblots are recorded and then analyzed.... Some psychologists use this test to examine a person's personality characteristics and emotional functioning.”  We might say that the September 28th  Congressional questioning of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh for a seat on the Supreme Court was a national Rorschach test of the deep divisions of opinions in our country. 
In spite of the tendency to believe only what one has decided to believe, the Bible says that we should not let our flesh determine our reality, but we should be led by our faith in God (2 Corinthians 5:7).  We must never let the crowd determine what God wants us to think, to believe, or to do.  God tells us not be conformed to this world system of popular opinion, but to be transformed in our minds (Romans 12:2). The Bible says that the way that seems right leads to death or separation from God (Proverbs 14:12).  Moreover, the Bible says that God’s word is always true while all men may lie (Romans 3:3-4).
Many have differing opinions about world events, but if we want to have wisdom about anything, God invites us to ask Him since He is the source of all wisdom (Proverbs 2:6).  Talking heads are interesting, panel discussions may be intriguing, but gathering our information from the crowd can be misleading. This is not to say that we should avoid research and worldly knowledge, but we should not allow it to dominate our thinking. Those who love the Lord have the privilege of turning from the popular opinion polls and ask God for His wisdom, which He willingly gives us (James 1:5). Let us not totally rely on mainstream media, social media, or even our opinionated neighbors. Let us look to God for His true wisdom.
2 Corinthians 5:7
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For we live by faith, not by sight.
Romans 12:2 
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Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Proverbs 14:12
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12 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.
Romans 3:3-4a
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3What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness? 
4a  Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar.
Proverbs 2:6
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For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
James 1:5
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If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

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