Desiring to Grow in Discernment
“The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men.” Acts 17:10-12
There are days I would like to kick my feet up on the couch and have each request brought to me on a shiny platter. I would like to curl up with a warm blanket in bed and sleep a few extra hours.
There are days I would like to do the same thing mentally. I want to have someone else do the work of discerning the books I read and the sermons I listen to. I want to be able to turn my mind off and absorb whatever it is I’m hearing or reading. I want theology and biblical knowledge handed to me on a silver spoon.
But as believers, we should never stop discerning. We must compare every ideology, philosophy, and theology to Scripture to see if it lines up—both from the secular mouth and the pen of the most solid teacher.
Like the Bereans, we must discern each word we read or hear. We must test what we absorb to see if it meets the biblical standard. We don’t get a day off in discernment. Rather, it is a discipline we should be continually growing in if we want to be growing and solid believers.
God, please give me a heart that desires your Word, and desires to hold everything I learn against Scripture. Help me to be wise, discerning false from true. Help me to glorify you by being discerning, and to never grow tired of the discipline.
Have you grown weary in discernment? Take some time to read Psalm 119 to help renew your love for the Word and the proper interpretation of it.