4:14) That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and
carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and
cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
If there was ever a season when
this scripture needed to be heeded it is now. There has never been a time when more
people were “tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine” than
today. According to our text, the cure for such a problem is to grow up and stop
I am not sure how we got to this
place so quickly, but one thing I am sure of is that we desperately need to go
back to the fundamentals of the gospel.
I wonder…whatever happened to the
‘old time religion’? I am not talking about
religion in the negative sense, but just simple basic Bible truths where it is
not necessary to analyze every word for hidden meanings.
As a result of not having this basic
Bible truth as an anchor…insecurity has crept into far too many Christian
lives. For many, the Bible and prayer are no longer the source of direction for
making important decisions. They feel safer relying on the opinion of others.
There is certainly nothing wrong
with seeking the wisdom and counsel of others, but when that is one’s primary
source for direction…personal disaster is soon to follow.
I have noticed lately that more
and more people are basing the direction for their lives strictly on other
people’s opinions. Like reeds, they usually bend in the direction of the last
wind (or opinion) that blows.
The reason this concerns me is
because this is a setup for “...the sleight of men, and cunning
craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive,” as our text says.
At this point in my Meditations I
usually give a personal example or story in order to support the point I am
trying to make. However, I want to refrain from that today because the intent
of this Meditation is to encourage and not bring more insecurity.
There is nothing quite as freeing
for one than to discover they can actually hear the voice of the Lord for
That does not mean that I am suggesting
the Lone Ranger theory of being un-teachable and not seeking the wisdom of
others. I simply want to encourage the children of God that they can learn to hear
the voice of their heavenly Father for themselves.
Help us to practice hearing Your
sweet voice as we walk together in the cool of the day. Help us to understand
that we talk to You in the natural, but You talk back to us by the Spirit. Heal
our insecurity so we will not be “tossed to and fro, and carried about with
every wind of doctrine”.