Jesus said, “Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?”

Matthew 16: 3b


The news of the events of our day are with us constantly and continually. We can access real-time, live from the spot accounts of everything that is happening in almost every corner of our globe; then, there is analysis upon analysis of these events that is available as well. The news is even in the palms of our hands and is seen as a side bar on our computers at work and at home. We are fascinated by these events, we are fearful of the impact that many of them might have on us, and we seek to know the future by having all of the present before us.


It really is too bad that most of this effort and commitment is directed toward information that is virtually useless for its intended purpose, for most of us spend a lot more time and place a lot more emphasis on reading and watching the news than we do on deep study of our Lord. I’ll admit that there are a lot of days where I consume much more of my time in looking through these events than I do in conversation with God, who can actually do something about my life.


All of this is said, in a sense, by way of confession, for telling God about the things that we do and the ways that we spend our time which we would like to change is the starting place in effecting the change. In fact, I find that there is a strange connection between how much time and effort are required to gain an understanding of what is happening in the world around me and the amount of time that I spend in focused communication with God. The more time that I spend with the Creator of all, the less time I require to understand the true meaning of the day’s events; He explains them all in the only clear and absolutely trustworthy manner available.


Try this, join me in a commitment to prayer, to reading of God’s word, and to adopting God’s view as your filter for discussing the news with others. There is comfort, there is peace, and there is confidence in this approach.