Devotional | What is Going on in the World?
What is going on in the world?
I don't consider myself a person who is big on current news. I don't own a TV, read a newspaper or buy magazines. However, a few times a week I may check on Foxnews.com what else is going on in the planet besides the bubble of my world. What I find is not exactly encouraging. Some 12-year-old killed his younger brother, a man held three women for 10 years as sex slaves, a city is on the verge of bankruptcy, etc., etc.
Although I don't believe we should be an ostrich with our heads in the sand, I also don't believe we should fill our minds with all the negativity of the world. Smith Wigglesworth refused to read the newspaper, stating it made him feel dirty. He said the scriptures made him feel clean. He also happened to be one of the world's foremost leaders on walking in the presence of God and seeing tremendous healings. Similarly, Bill Johnson has stated he needs to shy away from anything that disrupts his ability to abide in the encouraging presence of God. If he faces something that glorifies darkness, he needs to back up and get into the presence of God again or he feels “off”. Bill also walks in an incredible level of signs and wonders.
I've heard the question posed, "Which dog will win the dog fight?” (Not that I believe in dog fights.)
Answer: "The one you feed."
So, what are we filling our minds with? What is going in our eye gates, ear gates and then on into our hearts and spirit?
Philippians 4:8 puts it best: "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things." (NKJV)
So, what is going on in the world? I don't really need to know all the bad news out there. Yet I'm happy to know about those things I should know about in order to pray into it and take action to make a difference.
I'm really glad my Father in heaven is not wringing His hands up in heaven concerned about world events. Actually, He sits in the heavens and laughs (Psalm 2:4).
I think I'll join him! How about you?