Too Much Information
As an intercesor and a watcher I am constantly monitoring myself and my environment, but there are times I pull apart from the fray of life and listen and meditate on something God has set before me. Not long ago I became aware of how overwhelmed I was at all the information that was being hurled at me from every possible social media platform. Even some of my closest friends had put out more information than I could possibly absorb.
On top of the vast amount of good information that was coming at me, I noticed that a huge proportion of the information was either untrue, grossly exaggerated or just plain worthless. It was becoming so overwhelming I knew I needed to get with the Lord and find out what was behind it all. God NEVER puts more on me than I can handle. Whenever I feel overwhelmed I know there are darker forces at work. I began asking questions like, “Why is this happening?” And “What should I do about it?”
I learned a while ago that the enemy loves to overwhelm me. My mind shuts down and I can’t make sound decisions when I have too much going on either physically or mentally. With that in mind I started looking at the folks that are completely taken over by anger, based on false information that they earnestly believe to be true. I have gone off half cocked (a saying my dad used to use) angry at something I perceived to be true, only to later discover my perception was completely wrong. I had based my anger on a falsehood rather than the truth of the Word of God. (I’ve done that more than once!) I soon realized that if there is a lot of good information combined with bad or wrong information I don’t trust any of it. I know that counterfeits LOOK like the real thing, have elements of what seem real, but are in fact worthless. During my short time working in a bank I learned that it is better to study and know real currency than counterfeits. If you know the special qualities of real money, you can spot a fake. If you attempt to spot fakes using fakes you’ll be lost because you’ve started with a lie as your foundation.
In our homes we have magazines, books, TVs, tablets, and Smartphones. All of these pump both good and bad information at us in amazing quantities. Our minds are overwhelmed and shutting down. Instead of instantly going to God, we go to “amusements”, things that occupy our attention or games to decompress. I’ve included the origin of the word “amusement” so you can begin to see exactly why you too are being bombarded and then channeled to “amuse” yourself RATHER than go to God and the truth in His word.
Origin From the late 15th century (in the sense ‘delude, deceive’): from Old French amuser ‘entertain, deceive’, from a-(expressing causal effect) + muser ‘stare stupidly’. Current senses date from the mid 17th century.
The enemy loves knowledge of all sorts. He has used it from the beginning of time to detour us away from God. He also loves using strife to confuse us.
“For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” James 3:16 KJV
We must pull ourselves away from the distracting noises and voices that are trying to grab our attention. If we don’t we won’t hear God. We won’t make good decisions. We will keep ourselves distracted and ultimately overwhelmed. Even as I endeavored to put this down to share with you I had a multitude of “normal” distractions come at me to stop me. In spite of the fact I rose early, spent time in the word, and had been meditating on the word, the distractions came. Add to that the temptation to check social media, and to get my day started, I could easily be overwhelmed and tempted to amuse myself. It’s a constant battle to remain centered on the word, and the Voice of God.
I can’t imagine what occupies the minds of folks who don’t know God or have the Holy Spirit directing them away from all the junk of the world.
It’s an uphill climb to stay on top of these things, but it’s vital in these dark evil times. I’m exhorting you to regularly check yourself. Am I on social media too often? Am I posting huge amounts of information to my friends and family? Am I watching TV or playing games rather than doing something productive? Have I started my day with God, or with something else? How much time am I devoting to filling my mind with stuff rather than truth? Only you can change your mind, and give control to God. He’s the one with the power to keep you on track. If you’re going to come out on top of this latest effort of the enemy to keep you flustered and unproductive, you’ll have to get God in on the fight. Seriously!
I’m praying for you now.
“For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.” Ecclesiastes 1:18 KJV “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Daniel 12:4 KJV