Sometimes the journey we are on can seem like we are on a small boat in the middle of a stormy ocean battling high winds and huge waves. All of that is the result of things from our past that are haunting us and the consequences in which we are living…or an overwhelming fear of the future causing anxiety and depression.
I recently read an article that made this statement…
“In 2010, psychologists Matthew Killingsworth and Daniel Gilbert published a study in which they used an iPhone app to ask volunteers, at random points throughout the day, what they were doing, what they were thinking, and how happy they were.”
The researchers found that, in about half of their samples, people’s minds were wandering, often remembering the past or contemplating the future. These periods were, on average, less pleasant than ones spent being in the moment. Thoughts of the future are often associated with anxiety and dread, and thoughts of the past can be colored by regret, embarrassment, and shame.
When I read that I thought; “I think that pretty much sums up my thinking.” And living in the context of what is happening in America politically only is throwing gasoline onto the flames. It seems to me that journalistic integrity seems far less important than a short idea that grabs your attention so they can feed you the news they want you to believe whether it is true or not.
Remember, that what you are often feeling is normally a result of the information you are learning. Your senses are inputting data into your brain and if you believe that the information is true then you will have a positive reaction or a negative reaction depending on who you are and what you want to happen.
And based on what I have been hearing since November 2020 when the Associated Press announced that Joe Biden had won the election with an electoral vote count of 264 there has been unrest on the validity and reliability of the election. And the beat goes on…
The backdrop of the whole “fake news” mantra makes me trust all news agencies less and calls me to be a student of the facts and make my own conclusions. This is why I rejoice in the reality that there is the Good News that is inspired by God, and I can put my trust in what I am reading in my Bible…yes that’s the book for me. I stand alone on the Word of God the B.I.B.L.E!!!
Notice what Peter writes about how God made sure that we had His words in writing in 2 Peter 1…
“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
What this passage is telling us is that we can have the assurance that the Scriptures, written by men for a period of 1500 years, were exactly what God wanted us to have because the authors were being “carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
What we are reading in the Bible is not Fake News…it is the Good News. And as men were writing down those actual stories and information, beginning with Moses in Genesis all the way through to the Apostle John finishing Revelations…they were all being “carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
The word carried along means for someone or something to affect what is happening. It is in the present tense, so it is an ongoing thing that the Spirit was doing. Moses did not just sit down one-day thinking; “I am going to write the history of the world from creation to my time.”
No, he was influenced, moved, carried along by the Spirit to do that even to the very words he used which were the words given to him by the Spirit.
It is a word that describes the effect that the wind has on a boat. The boat goes in the direction that the wind is blowing. And so, we have the assurance that the Bible’s writing was being overseen by the Holy Spirit so that we have the words that God wants us to have.
Now, why is that so important for us in our recovery? Because while working on our recovery from sexual brokenness one of the most important things we need to know is the truth. We are constantly being told lies by our culture especially about sexual relationships and porn.
God makes it abundantly clear that all sexual immorality is sinful and damages us. Even Jesus Himself tells us that thinking lustful thought is the same as committing adultery.
But far more important for the Bible to be telling us what we should NOT do…it tells us the truth about what we should do and what we should know. We should all be very thankful that we have the Bible available to almost the whole world and that we can read it with the confidence that those who have translated it from the Hebrew and Greek into our language did so very carefully and with a team of experts.
The problem we have is when it comes to interpreting what the meaning of a passage is all about. The words themselves are from the Spirit…but the knowledge of what it is saying is open for debate. And just because someone is standing behind a pulpit pontificating on the meaning of a passage does not mean they have the correct interpretation of the message God has given us.
So, I would strongly encourage you to become a student of the Bible. Almost any passage you may be confused by can have a good explanation of the passage by biblical scholars who extract the meaning according to the context in which it is written and the rules of grammar for the language in which it was written. And all of that can be found online…but be careful who is posting that website. Are they scholars who can be trusted?
Read the Word. Trust the Word. Learn the Word. Obey the Word.