by Dr. Charles Stanley
Tuesday January 3, 2006
The Benefit of Discernment
Have you ever tuned in to a favorite radio station only to hear soft static over the music? If you twist the dial slightly, you can often get clear reception. The Christian life works much the same way. We sometimes make decisions or pursue a particular path while experiencing a vague yet nagging sense that all is not well. I call this “spiritual static.” It occurs when a believer is lacking the godly discernment necessary to make wise choices.
Most Christians are not surprised that God wants them to know the difference between truth and error; however, many have not considered that He also equips His children to choose between what is good and what is best. In an effort to thwart God’s plan, Satan will reveal something good to us just before the Lord sends His best into our lives. All too often, we jump at the first and miss the latter. But those believers who cultivate spiritual discernment recognize the Holy Spirit’s warning to wait — such “static” says an opportunity might look excellent, but it’s not right. God’s will is not always logical according to human standards.
Prayerful, scripturally grounded believers seeking spiritual discernment will let the good opportunity pass and continue to wait on the best. They will pray and trust — adjusting the dial, so to speak, until their heart is clearly receiving God’s assurance to move forward. Life is full of uncertainty and doubt, but our relationship with the Father does not need to be. He offers spiritual discernment to all who seek His will.