In 1 Chronicles 12:32, there is a single reference to a group of men, the sons of Issachar, who both understood the times in which they lived and possessed knowledge of what they should do.
We desperately need people like these sons of Issachar who understand our times and are able to apply Biblical wisdom to life today. There is an urgent need for discerning individuals to recognize what the body of Christ should be doing during these challenging days. I desire to be like these men, and I want this for you, too!
4 keys to understanding our times
- To intimately know Jesus who (no matter what times we are living in) is the same yesterday today and forever. Daniel 11:32b states that those who know their God will be strong and perform mighty deeds.
- Growing Faith – In Isaiah 7:9, Isaiah tells the king, “If you do not believe, you surely shall not last.” We must trust God to complete the things His word declares He will accomplish.
- Continual immersion in His word – His word is truth and life. The more we meditate on His words and put his words into practice, the stronger our roots grow anchoring us to His firm foundation.
- Fellowship – Discussing the Bible and our spiritual walks with other believers allows us to perceive a more complete picture than we can grasp on our own.
Each week, the future seems fraught with more unknowns, seemingly spiraling out of control. The only security we have is to trust the One who is omniscient and sovereign. Unless we fully understand who we are and what we have been given through Christ, we will be ill-prepared to meet life’s pressures without compromising or emotionally crumbling.
Ask and it shall be given to you. Today, I humbly beseech you, Lord, to cause us to stand firmly upon your truth; for us to be kept from compromise and from the enemy’s deceptions; for us to shine brightly in the darkness and give understanding to others.
Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven and those who lead the many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever. Daniel 12:3