Don’t Just Let Yourself Be Bombarded. Choose!


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Paul Tripp on choosing your influences:

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” (Psalm 1:1-2)

You live in a world of counsel. Every day, somehow, some way, you’re being counseled. Everything you encounter originates from some kind of worldview. Everything you experience comes from somebody with a certain perspective on life.

Think about it. The journalist that reports on the news of the world doesn’t provide a completely objective fact sheet. They bring with them a certain set of personal beliefs, and there is subtle counsel in each news segment.

The radio host that you listen to on the way to work has a perspective on life, and the content they choose to fill their show with provides some type of counsel. The author of the blog you read during lunch has a worldview and wants to share that with you.

The list goes on and on. The characters in your favorite sitcom; the lyrics of your favorite artist; the script of your favorite movie… You must be aware that you’re always being counseled.

But this counsel isn’t passive. It’s not an innocent “sharing of opinions.” Embedded in all that counsel is a call to action: “this is the way you should think” or “this is what you should desire” or “this is what you should do.” It’s inescapable.

Imagine this scene. It’s like sitting in a high school gymnasium, five minutes before the assembly starts, and everybody’s talking at once. That’s what it’s like to live in our world. You’re constantly getting bombarded with perspectives and views of life.

If the world isn’t passive in its influence, we certainly shouldn’t be passive either. The Psalmist takes note of that – the “blessed man” is active, pursuing Godly influence. He delights in the law of the Lord and meditates on it day and night.

There’s an active pursuit being pictured here. We should actively find delight in the truths of Scripture and actively seek out the grace of God in its various forms. We should pursue Truth and be a student of it, not so much to master it, but to be mastered by it.

So as you go through each day, be prudent; a thousand voices will try to influence your worldview. Be proactive; pursue the Lord and meditate on His Word. And be prepared; God has given you the ability to influence, and you’ll have opportunities to counsel others.

God bless

Paul David Tripp

About savedbygrace1976

Mark Chanski (author of Manly Dominion; Womanly Dominion; and Encouragement: Adrenaline for the Soul) has labored as a full-time Pastor since 1986 in churches in Ohio and Michigan. He has been Pastor of Harbor Church in Holland, Michigan, since 1994. He has also been elected as Coordinator of the Reformed Baptist Network. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Cornerstone University, and a Master of Divinity degree from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He teaches Hermeneutics for the Reformed Baptist Seminary in Sacramento, CA. Mark is married to his wife Dianne, and has fathered their four sons and one daughter, whose ages stretch from 36 to 26 (born 1983 to 1994).
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