We live in bewildering times. In 2020 alone we have experienced two examples sufficient to leave our heads swimming. First we have months-long sequestered standstill. Dozens of conspiracy theories and recommendations swirl, changing almost every day. Which to believe?
Then we are whiplashed to erupting protests, violence, and partying! Whatever we say or do will be perceived by some group as ‘triggering’, ‘canceling’ or something wrong.
When faced with bewildering choices about the future, how do we move forward, make progress? For example, when we go to the polls in November. We feel we must do something. Basically, we have two alternatives to move forward: ‘man can’ or ‘the third’ way.
First, there is what I like to call ‘man can’, what we naturally tend to do:
- Make plans (without consulting God)
- Enter into agreements (not led by his Spirit)
- Set out to do something or go somewhere (without asking for God’s direction)
- Refuse to follow God’s counsel; reject his word
- Instead, follow the most charismatic speakers
- Rely on protection from someone other than God
- Trust in force, and
- Rely on crookedness
This way was first described by Isaiah 2,700 years ago (Isaiah 30:1-2, 9-12)
There is another, what I like to call the ‘third’ or (God’s) way:
- Read & heed God’s Word (Psalm 119:12)
- Trust in the Lord (Proverbs 3:5) and
- Have faith (2 Corinthians 5:7)
- Pray (Philippians 4:6)
- Think of / and do for others (Philippians 2:4)
- Wait patiently (Psalm 27:14)
- Give thanks (Psalm 136; 1 Thessalonians 5:18)
- Plus, use any lawful means to work within our basically good system: voting, recalling, petitioning
Let us join together to follow God’s way. What we end up doing, what it will look like for each of us, may differ, but our joint starting point will be allowing God’s Spirit through his Word to guide us.