“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;” Colossians 1:9
Although we may live in an age where information abounds, we also, in this time, live with more misinformation than ever before. And through the various sources afforded to spread thoughts, ideas, information, and misinformation, the disease of misinformation not only spreads far and wide–reaching beyond unprecedented bounds, but it also spreads rapidly like a devouring fire bent on the destruction of all in its path.
When the Apostle Paul learned of the faith of those in Colosse (1:4), his immediate and urgent response was to pray that they would be filled with the knowledge of God’s will “in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.”
God’s will, God’s Word, forever, will always be the right path to walk in one’s life. But there will always be dangerous detractors that will try to pull people from God’s will and His Word. But a heart of understanding will see the light in God’s Word and let it illuminate the pathway for fulfilling His will in their life.
While in prison in Rome, Paul, knowing the tender faith of these converts, did not want them to be imprisoned by false ways and false doctrines, by a stream of misinformation that would threaten to derail them from the truth they found in Christ Jesus.
Today, we need to, as the Apostle Paul did, prioritize praying for wisdom and spiritual understanding. The same threats that sought to derail those in Colosse from their faith are the same threats that can do the same today – misinformation.
I would urge you to not only pray for genuine wisdom and spiritual understanding but to safeguard your own heart and faith against anything false, trying to infiltrate what you believe.
Take a proactive approach in minding what comes into you. Many are careful to watch what goes into their bodies but neglect the same due diligence to their souls.
Another thing you must do is compare. I know – there is so much taught to us about not comparing, but this is one thing you should compare. Take what you hear and see and compare it to the Word of God. The Word of God is always going to be right, and therefore, it will always be the proper compass to navigate your life by.
Lastly, watch who you listen to. With the availability of social media and the various platforms for one to express their views, make sure what you are taking in is from good, solid Bible teachers and resources.
What we understand about our faith, the world, and the times we are living in needs to be viewed through the lens of godly and holy wisdom and spiritual understanding.
Do not neglect the study of His Word to gain the richest understanding of all. And do not neglect to pray for His wisdom and spiritual understanding to direct you in His holy will and truth.
Father God, it is Your truth we need in our lives every day and in every way.
” . . .let God be true, but every man a liar . . .” (Romans 3:4)
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