His Word Shines Light

In today culture, everywhere we hear warnings about ‘disinformation’ and ‘misinformation’. How are we to stay ‘clearheaded’ when we don’t know what we can believe? “But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armour of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.” 1 Thessalonians 5:8 

The Apostle Paul writes to the church in Thessalonica; this town was under the domination of Rome. ‘Peace and Security’ was touted as the outcome of Rome’s unflinching domination, under which no contrary views were permitted. Taking the view that Jesus was their ultimate Lord, led to great hardships for the believers there. Yet they persevered, even to death. Paul encouraged these followers of Jesus and said that, truth would grant protection from the misleading and coercive clamour around them. Sanity was their beacon amidst the delusions of the world. 

So how do we today protect our minds from being misled? This letter points us to keep clearheaded: We are to resist evil and dishonouring practices. We are to rejoice, be thankful, and pray. Furthermore, we are to realise that our Lord Jesus will return for us. Even if we feel our world is in a dark night, Jesus will return and bring His light. As we wait with certainty and hope, let us look regularly into His Word. For it is there that we find unchanging truth. We can keep our minds clear, despite the changing social mores and invasive lies around us, for His Word is timeless and shines light in all circumstances.

- Ps Edmonds