My Grace-Full Life

3.10.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Knowing Who to Trust

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• I’m still reading the book of Job right now and every time I read it, I find it to be challenging.
The words of Job and his friends are, to my mind at least, very complex.
I have to really pay attention and read slowly.
While Job defends his innocence and questions God, his friends argue with a series of half-truths.
Some things they say about God are accurate, but they are wrong in their assumptions about Job and why terrible things happened to him.
Similarly, we can find ourselves in situations where someone makes a compelling Christian-sounding argument that has some theological merit, but may not be 100% accurate.
Proverbs 16:21 says, “The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant words are persuasive.”
I want to home in on the last four words—“pleasant words are persuasive.”
In a discussion about Christ, we may be tempted to be persuaded by half-true arguments.
The Apostle Paul wrote of this often to the churches, warning them of those who would give a false gospel.
With that in mind, we have to be incredibly diligent about who we consider to be wise…
There are a lot of misguided voices out there!
The truth is that not all theologically-sound words are pleasant without understanding the love of God and hope that we can depend on through Jesus.
Be diligent to study Scripture, read well-researched commentaries, and listen to godly pastors who preach truth, not prosperity.
Today, as you pray, thank God for His holy word, that is divinely inspired and perfect in every way.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you identify trustworthy sources of wisdom who will accurately speak Biblical truth.

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