The latest Torah Portion commentary from Rabbi Sacks introduces a fascinating re-take on a very familiar biblical story, that points to a very significant perspective on our world today.
I recommend reading it: https://www.aish.com/tp/i/sacks/What-Is-Going-On.html
In it is this quote: “Richard Rumelt: “A great deal of strategy work is trying to figure out what is going on. Not just deciding what to do, but the more fundamental problem of comprehending the situation.”
Narrative plays a major role in making good decisions in an uncertain world. We need to ask: of what story is this a part?”
Consider the world we live in today, with the Corona Virus Plandemic and how the MSM has loved to use this virus to spread fear, dis-information and Statism. Or how they have painted the recent news from the USA of the anarchists, looters, rioters and murderers of innocent business owners and citizens trying to protect their communities and properties as all being justified, peaceful and necessary activists. When we view this, it is hard to know how to react, and even harder to know the full truth if all we have easy access to is the distorted Leftist ‘truth’ of the MSM, Hollywood and Academic (Dinesh D’Sousa’s book ‘The Big Lie’ should be mandatory reading for anyone wishing to be better informed on how distorted the narrative that we are presented with really is).
Caleb and Joshua were able to see the beauty and potential in the land of ‘milk and honey’. They were able to look past the challenges, avoid the fear the seemed to cloud the judgement of the other 10 ‘princes’ of their tribes, and instead see what Yehovah wanted them to see. They viewed the Land of Israel and the future promised to them with optimism and great anticipation, just as Yehovah intended. We need to do the same!
So how do we look past these filters and see the big picture, and see what real story this is all a part of, a story of redemption and hope, a story of ultimate victory over darkness.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness …”
– Martin Luther King
To the atheist and agnostic seeing ‘what story is this a part’’ of, seeing the big picture is not really possible, because the big picture requires a faith and knowledge of the Creator of the Universe, Yehovah and His plans for us in these days of the final full revelation of His Master Plan.
There are a number of voices that really do appear to have something of a handle on the day to day detail of the Master Plan. People like Rabbi Mendel Kessin (https://tikkunmedardus.ch/donald-trump-and-the-coming-of-messiah/#H55) seem to have a reasonable grasp of some of the finer details.
But ultimately, we need to trust.
There are a great many reasons why we should trust Yehovah, such that when faced with a confusing and seriously conflicted world we can continue to walk in righteousness and obedience to Him knowing that He really is in ultimate charge and that we will come out the other side of these times of growing evil and delusion and step into His World of great light when the Great Day finally dawns.
But I would also suggest we are called to do more. We are called to stand up and be counted, to speak out against the false narrative that may start with the MSM, Hollywood and Academia, but has now spread to a great many sadly mis-informed everyday people that we live amongst.
We need to share the voice of truth in our own communities: https://globaltruthinternational.com/2017/03/12/raised-for-a-time-such-as-this-the-example-of-hadassah/
Part of sharing Truth, is being ‘truth’, being righteous.
Perhaps you could ask yourself:
“Will my life be a sanctification of God , or a desecration? Will my life further enhance the good reputation of God, or will my choices today bring dishonour on Him and further denigrate the reputation of good standing of the Almighty in the eyes of the world?”
What does it mean to be God’s Witness?