“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” – Hosea 4:6, ESV
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” – James 1:5, ESV
Interpreting the times we are in takes wisdom, knowledge and discernment. To the one who lacks wisdom, James writes, that person should ask or inquire of the Lord.
How many of us truly ask God for spiritual guidance? How many of us truly ask God for spiritual discernment?
When inquiring about the things of God, or even therefore, when inquiring about the things of this world, it is important for us as Christians to go to the father often.
In Matthew chapter 24, we see Jesus explaining to his disciples the warnings of the close of the age:
“For there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, event the elect.” – Matthew 24:21-24, ESV
In this passage, Jesus warns us against false christs and false prophets whose aim is to lead the people of God astray.
Are you being led astray today?
When we ask God for wisdom, and guidance and direction, we are seeking God’s face and seeking God’s authority in our lives. To be a Christian and lack faith is not conducive to the lives we were meant to live out as those who are called according to Christ.
The scripture read at the beginning of this message in James continues on to say,
“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord: he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” – James 1:7-8, ESV
“The righteous shall live by faith,” it says in scripture. If this is the case, then why do so many Christians live outside of this principle of faith?
God gave wisdom and knowledge to us, that we may interpret the times we are in, and that we may also read the signs of the closing of the age.
The signs and wonders discussed in Matthew 24 that Jesus warned us about, are signs and wonders of this world. Spiritual fruit can only be produced by those who live life in the Spirit. Worldy fruit can only be produced by those who walk life out using the world’s views.
We walk by faith, and as a Christian, your life should minister to others the workings and the truth of God’s will and of God’s power in your life.
At the end of scripture in Matthew 24, Jesus goes on to say,
“Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.” – Matthew 24:28, ESV
I use to not understand this scripture; I did not see why Jesus talked about all of these things to watch for during the close of the age, and then references a dead body with vultures all around.
What I now understand this verse to mean is that dead things attract those that feed off of it. A dead body attracts vultures. Those that feed off of a dying world are subject to reaping the fruit of that dying world:
Destruction, torment, a lack of faith and a lack of hope.
We are children of the living; we serve the living God.
It takes a strong and powerful connection to God and to his ways in order for us as Christians to walk in his ways. We must know Christ personally, and we must continually get to know Christ in more intimate ways. We must also ask the father more intentionally about the things he seeks to give us:
Wisdom, faith, knowledge and guidance.
Grace and peace fam.