Living Lesson: Can't You Read The Sign?
By: Christopher Wiles"Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?"
lyrics often stick in your head, especially if they are from the 1971
Five Man Electrical Band song "Signs". Have you ever wondered if God is
giving you a sign? I sure have.
For the last few months
I've increasingly avoided technology. I've been pushing myself to give
up Facebook for more "face time". No, we're not talking about the
iPhone app. Instead, I've chosen to try to spend more time face-to-face
with my family, our congregation, and members of the community who need
the truth and encouragement of God's Word. Talented with technology?
Yes I am. Wiz with websites? Check. Good with graphic design? You
bet. Yet, I have increasingly felt that my best and most effective
ministry time is with people, not a screen.
So why did I
get an invitation out-of-the-blue to an all expenses paid trip to speak
at Harding University Lectureships in September on the topic of church
technology? Like Moses in Exodus 3:2 who turned aside to the sign of
God in the burning bush, I too ask the question, "Why is this
happening?" God, is this some sort of a sign?
Is it a
sign that I should be doing more with technology? Or maybe it a sign
that I should tell church leaders to trade their Facebook for real face
time? I feel nervous, conflicted, and confused as I try to read this
potential sign. Have you ever been conflicted or confused when trying
to discern if something is a sign from God? Don't worry, you're in good
company. Even Moses was conflicted, confused, and argumentative even
when God's voice spoke directly to Moses from the burning bush!
I come back to the hit song lyrics, "Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind, Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?"
Perhaps we should quit looking for and trying to interpret what we
think might be "signs" around us. We can get caught up in worry while
trying to read the supposed signs that we let them consume us, break
our minds with worry, and block out the scenery around us. Rather than
relying on the wisdom that we frequently ask for in prayer, we mistakenly turn to
sign interpreting as the basis our decision making.
stop getting caught up in all the potential and confusing "signs" but
instead have simple faith in Scriptures that with Godly wisdom, we can
make good decisions. Ask God for wisdom in how to best honor Him, then
make a decision and do it. You'll be glad you did. "But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him." - James 1:5
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