When you want to know what is going on in a school system, you go to the authority … the one who’s in charge of the programs, who has the power, knows the most, and devises the policies. You don’t go to the third graders, get their reports, believing they are the all-knowing authorities and evaluators who can decipher all that is going on in the complex system. Nor do you let the third graders determine the strategies and methods to educate themselves and society.
Most media, like TV, radio, movies, and the internet, is analogous to the third graders in both depth of understanding and true power and authority. The media is a reflection of the WORLD system, Satan’s schemes, and our fleshly desires. The WORLD relentlessly proclaims bad news for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Knee-jerk solutions to long term issues and needs abound, exalting self instead of humbling us to the true King.
This steady diet of WORLD messages and attempts at brainwashing will sicken you. Instead of focusing on their fickle, ever-changing, bad-news broadcasts, tune into the living WORD – the one who is always the same. He is the real authority and all-knowing One you need to pursue for answers, explanations, comfort, protection, instruction, power, and wisdom.
Because of our need for quick explanations and our fragility in dealing with discomfort, we want our hurt, our natural state of broken-heartedness and captivity to sin, to go away now. But, you see, we are too lazy to think through multiple aspects of a situation. We have amnesia with regard to past experiences, and we resist developing our spiritual antennae. As a result, we tune into the WORLD, and the media that is in our face 24/7 becomes our guide and authority.
Today, turn the tube off early and pick up your Bible. Let the Holy Scripture saturate your mind and heart. This will help you walk steadily, step by step, along the path of true healing and lasting transformation. Even though you do not know what will happen tomorrow, you can be absolutely sure He is walking side by side with you and you have assurance of your ultimate destination forever. Big decision: the Bible or the media for your peace, guidance and freedom. Your decision, choose well.
Dear Father God, I am full of fear today. I am in the midst of another storm. I turn to Your Word and I find assurance. I pray that the assurance of Your Word would soak into my mind and heart until I overflow with Your Joy, instead of my fleshly fear. I know that peace is Your continual gift to me; thank You, Lord. I know that You have designed me to need You moment by moment. It is when I take my eyes off You that fear and anxiety creep into my life. I approach Your throne of grace with confidence and trust and ask for Your peace. I pray this in the name of the One who is my lighthouse, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah, There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.