Well this has been quite a year so far, hasn’t it! If one was to equate what has transpired in our world, to the state of the surface of the sea, with smooth sailing being the preferred and hurricane conditions being the opposite end of the sea surface spectrum, we could easily say that things are definitely choppy, to say the least. Scary part is, the year isn’t over yet.
A while ago I made a decision to not personally author posts on things like the corona virus, conspiracy theories or politics and although I have been sorely tempted on a number of occasions, I have remained faithful to that decision.
I confess that I have an inquisitive nature and I have this innate desire to understand, that which goes on around me. I’ve had to leave that inquisitive nature, in prayer, with God, repeatedly. I say repeatedly because the urge to know and understand was initially strong, but over a period of a couple of months I have found that it has been reduced in its intensity, substantially. That’s not to say that it has completely been removed, because it is still there, but the compulsion aspect of automatically feeling that I needed to present my point of view on any of the aforementioned subjects, is now much more controllable, than it previous was.
And surprisingly, another realization has also surfaced and become much more clearer over the last couple of months.
A common tactic that is often deployed in military battles is to create a diversion which masks the real intent. In humanistic worldly terms that can involve misleading the enemy via psychological operations, information warfare, visual deception and other methods. Disinformation is also a form of the strategic use of information (disinformation), where it overlaps with psychological warfare. The objective being, that if or when the enemy falls for the deception, in addition to causing internal dissension, they may or will lose confidence in themselves, especially if and when they are confronted with the truth.
You can relax, I am not going to go into how the corona virus, conspiracy theories or politics may apply, to being orchestrated by some enemy nations towards causing dissension or doubt within democratic countries, as a diversionary means of obtaining worldly humanistic goals.
But, there is also a distinct and vital spiritual truth that is being masked by these available means of deception, so that our focus is being diverted from what we, as Christians, should be focusing on, to what, we far too often, in reality, are actually focusing on.
Remember when Peter saw Jesus walking towards them, on the water (Matthew 14:22-33)? Do you remember what it was that Peter saw that caused him to doubt? The Scriptures say it was the wind but you can’t actually see the wind, what you see is the effect of the wind on the water around you, like Peter did. Peter started focusing more on what the wind was doing to the water than he was focusing on Jesus, and he became frightened and began to sink into the water.
Yes Jesus reached out and saved Peter when Peter called out to Jesus but He also admonished him for doubting Him and having little faith. And when they (that would be Jesus and Peter) got into the boat, the wind stopped (the seas around them became calmer) and they declared “You are certainly God’s Son!” and they worshiped Him.
And what are the lessons that we should learn from this event? I think they are relatively straight forward. I think that far too often we focus our attention on that which transpires or happens around us and not on Jesus, the Son of God, who is our Shepherd, our current reigning and coming King. And I also think that is exactly what our enemy wants us to do.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!