What is the truth, Lord?
All day long, my thoughts and feelings ping-ponged back and forth. I had always felt that I knew the truth as it related to my problem, but now confusion was worming its way in.
It terrified me.
Scouring the internet, I had gotten pulled in to reading article after article. This digging only left me more discouraged and upset. It was here that I begged the Lord to help me to know the truth.
Tears streaming down my face, I headed to the kitchen to begin dinner. Whether I liked it or not, dinner had to be made. Hungry stomachs don’t wait for wobbly hearts. Upon entering, I discovered my husband already at work. Letting him take it from there, I pulled up a stool and unloaded my heart. Hearing the root of my pain, he simply reminded me of the words of Jesus: Love God. Love people.
Once again, the simple truth of Jesus’ words began to settle my soul: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31 (NIV)
While these verses didn’t answer all the details of my dilemma, they did answer the question of my next step: simply love. Loving God and loving people is always our next right move.
In John 11, the disciples are questioning Jesus’ next move. He had told them they were going to Judea. The disciples reminded Jesus that his enemies were there, ready to stone Him. “Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” John 11:9-10 (ESV)
Jesus Himself said He is the light of the world. (John 8:12) So if I will choose to walk with Him, in the light He provides through the truth found in His word, He will keep me from walking in darkness. In His word and through His residence in us, He provides the light we need.
I can’t say I completely understand the situation I continue to ponder. I don’t believe we can understand everything all the time. His wisdom is “a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.” 1 Corinthians 2:7 (NIV) That is one of the many things that makes God God and you and I human. What I do have is the light I have already been given in the Bible: to love God and to love people.
Those two are enough to keep me busy for the rest of my life.
Jesus, figuring out right from wrong can be hard sometimes. It is not as black and white as we would like for it to be. Thank you for Your word to point us to You and to show us just how we are to make our next right move. Amen.
Are you struggling to find your next right move? My Bible study, Make Your Move: Finding Unshakable Confidence Despite Your Fears and Failures will help you find your way past your fears and failures to grasp God’s truth.
If a problem in your life is pushing you toward turmoil, what scripture can you carry today to push your heart back to the truth?
Here are a few to get you started:
“Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” Joshua 21:45 (NIV)
“For the word of God will never fail.” Luke 1:37 (NLT)
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” Matthew 24:35 (NIV)