- 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but…a sound mind.
In order for divine revelation to occur three things must happen:
- A Being capable of giving revelation must exist
- A being capable of receiving revelation must exist
- A medium through which a revelation can be given must exist
Let me give you an example: the radio in your car.
In order for you to listen to the radio there must be a transmitter (the radio station) and then there must be a receiver (your radio) and finally there must be a medium through which what is transmitted can be received (the atmosphere).
It’s a little more complicated than that, but you get the picture.
Now back to God and how he communicates with us…
- (The Transmitter) Unless you are extremely foolish (Psalm 14:1) you understand that God exist; that takes care of #1.
- (The Receiver) I am assuming you exist; that takes care of #2.
- So what is the medium for God to communicate with us?
This may come as a surprise to you but perhaps the most important medium through which God communicates to us is through sound reason based on objective truth.
I know, that doesn’t sound very sexy, but sound reason based on objective truth is the very underpinning of our ability to hear from God. God is the ultimate rational being. He is the repository of all absolute truth.
For God, triangles always have three sides and three angles and squares always have four equal straight sides and four right angles. For God, one plus one always equals two—never three or four or seventy-six. With God, there is absolute truth that is always true.
Bottom line, logic and rational thought is at the core of who God is and it is one of the most important mediums through which He communicates with us.
I know, I can here you asking, “What’s the point?”
The point is this (the ONE THING): the more logical and rational you are in making your decisions today the greater your chance of being led by God. And conversely, the more emotional and impulsive you are today the greater you chance of not being led by God.
Are emotions and impulses wrong? For you Star Trek fans: is Spock to be the Christian’s role model? Of course not. But let your emotions and impulses be the results of your logical and rational decisions, not the fuel that drives your decisions.
Take the time to think things through before speaking and acting. Ask the tough questions. Make sure your reason for doing something is backed up by solid reasoning.
It’s the difference between having a romantic weekend with your spouse and having a romantic weekend with a colleague from work.
It’s the difference between cussing out the official on the field for a bad call and shouting out positive encouragement to your child to get up and try again.
Each of these examples involve emotions, but two are not fueled by sound rational reasoning. If they had been, they would have never happened—which is exactly how God has communicated to us that it should be (Exodus 20:14; Ephesians 4:25-32).
Think of all the people who continually sabotage their lives because they have no filters. They go from one emotional mess to another, never taking the time to think through what they’re doing. The sad thing is there is so much collateral damage. We don’t just “shoot our own selves in the foot” when we mess up but wound a lot of other people as well (many whom we love dearly).
The truth is, this does not have to happen; God has communicated to us how to live our lives. Don’t allow the static of emotions and impulses to drown out God’s transmission. Take time to think things through today.