Look at the pictures above. What do you see?
On the left is a beautiful sunrise, with the promise of a bright new day to come, as the clouds lift and the brilliant sunshine fills the sky.
On the right is a dark day, with the promise of a heavy storm, as the clouds drift in and fill the sky with dark heaviness of a rain-filled sky.
You would never know the truth if you only had the photos and the description to go by. Unfortunately, that’s often all we get – particularly when we listen to the media.
The last few days and weeks have been full of atrocities, of difficult days, of sadness and loss, fear and failure. Even the archbishop of Canterbury was left doubting the presence of God! Or so we are told. However, the truth is very different.
The real story behind this story is that the media has capitalised on a comment made by the archbishop – just like the enemy of our soul, in order to “lie, kill and destroy.” The lie? The archbishop never questioned the presence of God! To kill and destroy? The report would tend to kill and destroy one’s faith in God, and would tend to cause disharmony, mistrust and division within the Christian community.
The archbishop’s actual words (albeit reported by the BBC, and I trust that they have not misquoted him in this) were:
“Saturday morning, I was out and as I was walking, I was praying and saying: ‘God, why – why is this happening? Where are you in all this?'”
“He said ‘in the middle of it’ and also in answer from Psalm 56 – ‘he stores up our tears in a bottle, none of our sufferings are lost.'”
Let’s face it, we all question where God is at some time in our lives, whether we are believers or not. With everything that’s going on in the world, let alone the daily challenges and difficulties we face in our personal lives, it’s only normal to question where God is in it all.
And when you look at the actual interview, you can clearly see that in asking the question: “where are you in all this?” the Archbishop was asking God Himself the question. He wasn’t questioning God’s existence, He was asking God where He was! Surely, there is no doubting someone’s faith when they are actually talking to God!
But of course, the media is quick to capitalise on opportunities to discredit, misquote and present their own point of view – whatever that may be.
The end result is to distract us from the real issue – the tragedies, the calamities, the disasters, which are the work of the enemy of our soul – by trying to bring our focus onto minor disagreements, dissentions and disunity.
So, don’t believe everything you see or everything you hear. Check it out! Go back to the source of the information, if you can, to make sure that you are really seeing or hearing what was meant.
“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.
So don’t believe everything you see or everything you hear – let the Holy Spirit guide you to the truth. After all, the enemy seeks to kill, steal and destroy, and he will try to do that by any means – deceit, misunderstanding, misquoting and misguiding.
May you be guided into all truth; may you not believe everything you see or everything you hear; but may you check it out, and may you learn the truth in everything you see or hear; in the name of Jesus. Amen