Bible Study & Devotional 234
Who Said It?
By Contributing Writer: Irvine Saint-Vilus
In a world where information is so easily accessible, it is vital to identify the source before accepting the content.
Does the information lead to knowledge and understanding, or does it simply lead you astray?
Countless media outlets disperse news to the general public, and individuals should critically assess its origin like a politician who vets a potential running mate.
The biblical account of the serpent deceiving Eve in the Garden of Eden is an excellent illustration. We should consider the source(s) before approving their message (read Genesis 3). In this instance, instead of listening to the truth of God’s Word, Eve hearkened to the serpent’s voice. That caused her (and Adam) to sin. The serpent deceived her, saying she would not die if she ate of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The serpent’s misinformation led them to spiritual and physical death.
The devil has created a precedent, and misinformation feeds into our newsfeeds daily. However, the Word of God is the one source we can consistently rely on to tell us the truth. God’s everlasting truth is timeless. Throughout the centuries, following His instructions will produce wisdom that amounts to success in life.
When applied, the teachings from the book of Proverbs provide knowledge and understanding that can help individuals make wise decisions for their lives and avoid pitfalls that can lead to destruction. In Proverbs 23:25-28, the instructor is a father who urges his son to watch how he lives and to follow in his footsteps, rather than to choose the way of the seductress or harlot (worldly lusts and pleasures), which is a snare that leads them to become unfaithful people.
Like the seductress and harlot, numerous questionable sources can cause us to stumble and even fall; however, the one source that will never fail to give us the truth and nothing but is the Word of God.
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Irvine is a published author, worship leader, instructor, and speaker. Over the past two years, she worked as an instructional assistant helping autistic students in the school system. Irvine also had the privilege of working as a chaplain in a hospital setting, which allowed her to minister to patients, staff and work in a team environment where collaboration and accountability were essential. Irvine received a Bachelor’s degree in English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; a Master’s degree in Divinity, and a School Counseling degree at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.