In the last six weeks I’ve received hundreds of texts, messages and emails containing encouragement and Scripture. We have received dozens of books, songs and podcast recommendations. I’m so thankful for this. It demonstrates how much people care and so much of it is full of truth we need to hear right now.
I am unwilling to sacrifice truth to “feel” better.
I’ve always been cautious about books. I love to read, but when the topic pertains to God and the Bible, I want to know it is true and not false. Now, more than ever, we’re having to look at everything with a fine-tooth comb. There has never been a time in my life where I have sought more comfort and understanding, but I am unwilling to sacrifice truth to “feel” better.
So how am I navigating this influx of new material? When someone sends me Scripture, even a familiar verse, I read at least the entire chapter. Who was this written to, what is it referencing, is it a principle to live by or an actual promise? Are the songs we are singing and listening to full of sound doctrine and theology or does it contain falsehood that is just pleasant to my ears? Are podcasts pointing me to Christ and aligning with Scripture or is it sitting comfortably with sin and excusing bad behavior in the name of grief?
We’ve received and read wonderful books. We have found new artists and music that have led us to worship. We are learning the Biblical way to lament through helpful resources. So please hear my heart, I’m grateful for the influx of messages, music and materials. Much has been helpful and much has brought us closer to Christ.
In our time of pain and weakness, Satan would love nothing more than to distract from and distort truth.
I’m also very aware that in our time of pain and weakness, Satan would love nothing more than to distract from and distort truth. It was Satan who offered the first distortion of truth in the garden, “did God really say?” 1 Peter 5:8 says “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” It goes on to tell us to resist him and stand firm in the faith.
Perhaps you aren’t in a season of grieving or pain, but I’m willing to bet you’re in a season of having a lot of time on your hands. Will you take the time to carefully evaluate the information and entertainment you are allowing into your heart and mind?
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is praise worthy- think about such things.” Philippians 4:8