Sunday Sermon 8.8.20
“Discernment”, “discerning” are words not used frequently these days and yet, in my opinion, they are needed now more than ever.
How would you define them? Go ahead, think about it, create a simple and clear definition. Remember, though, discernment is not wisdom, understanding or knowledge; they are all different words.
It took me several attempts and mental edits to make it clear and concise in my mind. How did you do?
Here’s what the pros tell us discernment is: “the ability to judge well”. Another says, “to separate or distinguish between two or more things”.
Discernment is the ability to see clearly and decide between:
- right and wrong
- truth and error
- good and bad
- primary and secondary
- essential and indifferent
- permanent and transient
- good, better, best
- in Christian worldview the ability to think and see Biblically
Discernment is lacking and yet so vital today. It has always been so. So vital in fact, King Solomon, in about 900 BC made it his number one request from God!
“Give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong”1 Kings 3:9
What a request! He could have asked for anything. He pretty much had a blank check from God. He thought long and hard and concluded that what he needed most in his reign, life and influence was discernment.
God heard, God honored his request and God gave him more than discernment. In fact, because he asked for discernment and wisdom in order to be a good leader and distinguish between right and wrong, God said He would give him wealth and honor greater than any other king. Thus, that is why Solomon is counted as the wisest and wealthiest man of all time. BECAUSE HE ASKED FOR DISCERNMENT.
This so impacted me as a young Christian, Solomon’s request for wisdom and discernment, that I made it my life verse, goal and prayer. It is powerful.
King David also desired discernment.
Psalm 119:66 – Teach me knowledge and good judgement, for I trust in your commands.
Psalm 119:125 – I am your servant, give me discernment that I may understand your statutes.
Some call discernment a 6th sense. Some call it how things look in God’s eyes.
No matter what we call it, scripturally it is called for. Today we need it. We must call for it in our lives in a greater measure.
1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 – examine everything sensibility
1 John 4:1 – do not believe every spirit, test the spirits
2 Peter 1:3 – God has given us everything we need for godliness
Matthew 7:1,6 – be careful not to cast your pearls before swine
In these days, we need to be able to distinguish between truth and error, good and bad. We need to be able to discern or judge well. We need to be able to separate between things and sort and sift wisely.
Let’s join Solomon and ask God to “give us a discerning heart.”
Go with God.