Are our minds too clouded by secular ideals that we are unable to hear the voice of God?
So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. — Romans 7:21-23, NIV.
There are two opposing laws that are in control of the universe — God’s law and the secret power of lawlessness (ref: 2 Thessalonians 2:7, NIV). And as God’s good stewards, we must be able to quieten down ourselves in order to “test the spirits to see whether they are from God” (ref: 1 John 4:1, NIV).
In a fallen world like ours, we are bombarded with secular ideals that might affect our faith in the Lord. We might be too heavily influenced by the world that we are unable to discern the voice of God that is directing us to places that may be in opposition to the ideals of the world.
Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” For even his own brothers did not believe in him. Therefore Jesus told them, “My time is not yet here; for you, any time will do. — John 7:3-6, NIV.
Jesus’ brothers did not believe Jesus at the time. They do not understand the will of God. Clouded by the secular understanding of fame and status, they urged Jesus to go to Jerusalem to attend the Festival of Tabernacles so that they “may see the works you do”. By their limited understanding, they thought Jesus was only seeking fame and glory to Himself. However, little did they know that Jesus had something else in mind; Jesus’ teachings come from the One who sent Him (ref: John 7:16, NIV). He had to follow His’ timing and will.
Likewise, as stewards of Christ, are we overly influenced by the values of the world? Do we get a university education just because the world tells us to? Or do we seek the Lord for His guidance in our education? Do we marry just because we had a physical affection towards someone? Or do we seek the Spirit to point out to us the one He has created specifically for us before the creation of the universe? Do we start a business merely because it is profitable? Or do we start a business knowing that it is in line with God’s will to have His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven? Do we spread the gospel with the intention of getting affirmed in church? Or do we spread the gospel with a heartfelt desire for the salvation of the souls of others?
Is your mind clouded by the things of the world? Are we too heavily influenced by the world’s values and ethics? Are our minds too secularised that we are unable to hear the still soft voice of our Lord?
Amidst the great and powerful wind that tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks, the earthquake that changed the landscape of the earth, and the fire that brought massive destruction to the earth, we must recognise that the gentle whisper of the Lord is hidden beneath the bombardment of the senses. (Ref: 1 Kings 19:11-13, NIV). He is there, regardless of what the world throws at us. He will remind us of all the things Jesus taught us. He will guide us and give us peace (ref: John 14:26-27, NIV).
Are our minds too clouded to hear His voice?
If it is, then maybe it’s time we should “go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret” (Matthew 6:6, ESV).
“Your Father who sees in secret will reward you”; more than what you’ll ever ask for.