Sunday, April 11, 2010

Whose Report Will You Believe?

We are living at the height of the Information Age. The answer to virtually any question is literally at our fingertips. Not only can one access this endless wealth of knowledge via the Internet from computers at home, in the workplace, and just about everywhere else, but most can also do so from a “smart” device that can be carried in one’s pocket. “Google it” has become the mantra of this generation.

We have become confident in knowing that any information we desire is only a few clicks away. While we can be sure of the abundance of information that is easily available to one and all, we cannot (and should not) be as confident about its veracity. Because literally anyone can disseminate material online, the Internet is replete with erroneous, misleading, and outright false information.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Rejoicing in Trials

It may seem strange, but the Bible teaches that believers are to rejoice when we encounter trials, tests, tribulation, struggles, and suffering. To rejoice means to feel great joy and delight. This seems contrary to logic! How can one feel joy and delight in the midst of suffering? From a normal human perspective this is not possible. But when we consider our trials from an eternal spiritual perspective we see the truth much more clearly. We can rejoice in our trials because ultimately they serve to make us stronger and draw us closer to God.

The Apostle James wrote, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4, NIV).