Our sight is often short.
Many times what we see in front of us is the grass that appears to be a plush green. What’s on the other side is the greener hill we have ignored out of our own choosing. Why?
Because we would have to change. Admit we were wrong. Humble ourselves. Knock down our own pedestals. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve had to eat my own words.
Smokescreens pop up everywhere; a fog like mask specifically designed to hide something.
The key is to know how to determine the difference between the smokescreens and the truth.
“You shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
Aldous Huxley said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad.” He may have a point here; at least in some cases.
Jesus made the Pharisees mad over and over.
Jesus made the retailers mad for turning over their tables.
Jesus made his own people, the Jews mad because he claimed to be God.
Why is this so?
The truth isn’t what people want to hear. And they don’t want to hear it especially from people who are prophetic, or know God differently they than do.
A prime example of this is King David and the Prophet Nathan.
In II Samuel 12, God sent the Prophet Nathan to David. The story goes that the two argued quite loudly. David didn’t like what Nathan was saying and Nathan let him know in no uncertain terms he had deeply sinned against God. As a result of David’s sin of adultery and murder his household was wounded, scarred and a heartbreaking mess. Does anyone hear this? Can anyone relate?
You may ask, “Who is this guy Nathan and what could he possibly know?”
Well, he knew God. He was appointed by God as a Prophet to one of the most valuable characters of the Bible; one who would carry the bloodline of the Messiah.
David was young and stupid. Stubborn. Willful. Arrogant. These negative, obstinate characteristics blinded him from God’s truth and what he knew was God’s will. Why?
Because he wanted what wasn’t his.
He lied to cover up the original lie so he could keep what wasn’t his.
He allowed his Kingly appointment to believe he could get away with whatever he wanted.
No position will ever allow any of us to get whatever we think we want. What “appears” to be a season of achieving our greedy desires is only a smokescreen for the truth and will eventually end. That ending usually follows with unbearable consequences.
God is always speaking to us; through His word, nature, people and most importantly the Holy Spirit. God speaks in more ways than are countable because He is a creative God.
Maybe if we started listening we would know when, what and how He is speaking.
Ask God to speak to you. Read the Bible. Pray. Open your heart and ears to His voice and allow Him to share Himself with you.
The air will clear.
The mask will begin to peel off your face.
The fog will lift.
And then…… just Listen.