In life, a given situation is either worse than we have been led to believe or not as bad as it appears. A static condition of any situation is typically a transition point between these realities. We have been offered two methods of interpretation for the events of life – optimism or pessimism. Neither one is truly wise and applicable in all circumstances. There is a third way to interpret the events of life.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we have been given the gift of discernment. Discernment, if it is not crippled by fear or the need to be liked or accepted by those who oppose discerning insight, will help us determine the root cause for what is taking place. Discernment makes both the pessimist and optimist uncomfortable because it enables someone to see through the surface veneer to reveal what cannot be seen with natural sight or personal disposition.
We are told in Scripture that we “have not because we ask not” (James 4:2). Ask the Lord for discernment. We will need it to navigate through the coming season of change both in the culture and within the Church.