“The story is told of an atheistic barber who was talking to a pastor. The barber asked the pastor, “If there is a loving God, how can He allow poverty, war, and suffering?”
Just at that moment a disheveled man crossed the street. The pastor said, “You are a barber and claim to be a good one. How can you allow that man to go unkept and unshaven?”
“He never gave me a chance!” the barber replied.
To which the pastor said, “Exactly, men are what they are because they reject God!””
There are many things in life that a person will not be able to understand apart from the “new birth” that takes place at the moment of salvation. The Christian is made a new man (while living in his old body). He, with the guidance of the Word of God and the Spirit of God has a whole new sphere of understanding that opens up to him.
1 Corinthians 2:14 teaches, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
Clearly, Christian men and women are to possess spiritual discernment. Sadly, many times we do not exhibit sound thinking and reasoning. Why? Why do some Christians not exhibit good reasoning skills? Here are three thoughts as to why.
- We lose our objectivity when we are more in love with the world or the things of the world. 1 John 2:15 says, Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
- We lose our Christian rational when we do not know the Bible like we should. Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. One reason some Christians do not make good decisions is because their devotional and Bible educational life are not what it should be.
- We lose our clear mind when our soul is spiritually dry. A parched soul trying to find satisfaction with world relationships, philosophies and things cannot be quenched by anything other than the Word of God. When people lost in desserts are found after surviving death, they are dehydrated and deranged. They clearly cannot think right in that dry condition. David, the shepherd boy did not want to dry up spiritually. While out in the wilderness he said in Psalm 63:1-2, O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
Paramount to any relationship is real communication. Prayer and Bible reading are vital aspects of your growth and development as a Christian. Enriching your fellowship with God is dependent on a devotional life.
When we read and study the Bible, it penetrates into our soul, affects our mind, and enlightenes our decision making.
Many men reading this do not study the Word like they should. As a result, their wives feel lonely and their children feel displaced. A man like that is spiritually coasting, hoping that his home does not fall apart. Some women scanning this article read Facebook more than they read the Bible. Their discernment is lessened, and they have become more gullible to false teachings about health, relationships, and what is valuable in life.
Pray today. Read the Bible today. Proverbs and James are great places to learn God’s wisdom. Ask the Lord to give you a discerning spirit. Then make your discernment even stronger with Bible study.