God’s Word for Today: Discern. Not exactly a word I would use every day in my repertoire of words. Yet again, who even uses the word “repertoire” anymore? And, maybe I do use the word discern more than I realize. It is just difficult to discern the quantity of use. I researched a little, and found that I had actually used the word discern in these writings, 2 of the last 200 times. So, simple mathematics, (unlike that used to divide the $1.3billion lottery), we can discern the use of this word for every 100,000 words. Hmmm, that is more than I ever imagined.
The definition of discern is: perceive or recognize (something) with difficulty by sight or with the other senses. Basically, this definition is telling us that when one has to discern something, they are probably squinting their eyes to focus better. Or, maybe turning their head so one ear is pointed in the general direction of what a person is trying to discern. Maybe you are trying to discern a certain ingredient in a most delicious desert, so your tongue is kicked into overdrive grasping a hint of what?? Nutmeg??
Almost every day, there is a post on Facebook with a photo or puzzle asking a person to try and discern the one item that is different. Yesterday, I believe it was a tiny box mixed in with a whole slew of slightly bigger boxes. I find all these little puzzles quite entertaining. The puzzles would actually be rather boring if they weren’t accompanied with the statement; “only 1 out of every ten people can find it”, or “most people cannot find the difference in less than 10 seconds.” Something along those lines that kicks your ability to discern into overdrive. Thus, rewarding you with the accomplishment of being one of the select few who can do it. Personally, I believe everyone can solve these puzzles, and rather quickly. But it is still fun to thing you might have a little bit in the way of special abilities.
Job 34:4. Let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.
God takes this word discern and kicks it into overdrive. Of course, when discerned, what doesn’t God take and make special, way beyond most understanding? Look at what He has done with the word Love.
If you break it down into simple terms. Those, a country boy like me can understand. The Bible is a book of discernment. I will let you chew on that statement for a minute or so, while we break down the difference between discern and discernment.
Discernment is defined as; the ability to choose between two things. Primarily between right and wrong.
Well, that should make a little light bulb go off. If not, let me flip the switch. When we are stumbling through our life in this world, we are daily trying to discern what might be good. We try this, we select that, we test, we succeed, we discard, and we fail. We are so busy struggling with discern that we have no time for discernment.
God wrote a book. Said book is the Bible. Period. No questions asked. You could discern that man wrote it and yes, it was several chosen men with their several chosen hands using several writing utensils of their time, to record the Word of God. If you want, you can spend your whole life going thru the Bible and trying to discern what God was saying versus what man might have inputted himself.
Or, you could simply believe. Believe that God wrote the book to enable discernment between good and bad. I like that approach. God doesn’t want you to have to discern (barely perceive) what is right and wrong. God lays it out in pure black and white. This is good, this is not so good.
Today, try approaching your time with the Bible in simple terms. Don’t let others tell you what you need to discern from the Bible. Instead, let God show you wisdom through discernment. Right from wrong, good from bad, and love from hate. Simple discernment. helps you to choose right, good, and love………………..
Prayer: My God, writer of the Good Book. Thank you for giving me some pure and simple instruction. Forgive me for the time I spend trying to discern the details so I can make it fit my life. Instead Lord, give me simple discernment to choose what is good, what is right, and what shares your love. In Jesus’, whose discernment is the cornerstone to my understanding, name I pray. Amen.