God will deliver us from information overload if we turn to Him for the wisdom we need.
2 Timothy 4:1-5
It can be difficult to separate fact from fiction today. Whether it’s advertising, political discussions, or the news, we shouldn’t automatically believe everything we hear or read. It’s even more confusing when claims come from a widely accepted authority or charismatic personality.
This problem isn’t new; it was also an issue for the early church. Paul wrote to his friend and protégé Timothy, warning that people were susceptible to following eloquent, compelling speakers. This was true, he said, especially if they were “wanting to have their ears tickled” and to “accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires” (2 Tim. 4:3).
We all want to have our ears “tickled” to a certain degree, and that’s why it’s good to have friends like Paul and Timothy, who reminded each other of the truth. But even more than that, God’s Holy Spirit—whom John calls “the Spirit of truth” (John 16:13)—dwells in each believer. And when we yield to the Holy Spirit’s control, He promises to guide us in the right direction.
Outside sources can be helpful for education, but at the end of the day, we should revere God’s Word and Spirit above all else. Build your foundation of truth by spending time with the Lord, and He will not lead you astray.