Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. Psalm 86:11
Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Psalm 25:5
It is possible for one to have all the answers, yet still not be free. “Going deeper” is dangerous waters when one finds themselves drowning in the shallow end of a faith not lived out. Knowledge that remains stuck in our brain but never sees the light of day is not truly understood. We might comprehend these bits of truth in theory, but knowing truth is only developed through experiencing truth. Truth is discovered by faith.
We open up God’s Word and are bombarded with wisdom and insight. We nod our head when we come across Scripture that tells us it is better to give than receive, to forgive as we’ve been forgiven, to not lean on our understanding, to pray continually, to store up treasures in Heaven. We can memorize these verses, post them to our Facebook wall or even share them with our friends and family.
In our minds, we believe we understand and comprehend these passages. This insight might be lodged in our heart, but unless we put that knowledge into practice; all we have is information. The Scriptures were not given as evidence of faith, but rather serve as a calling to faith. Unfortunately, we typically search for information to free us from faith and create a certainty we can control, navigate and solve.
We don’t know how dangerous this mindset is in terms of crippling the intimacy and knowledge we have of God. The opposite of faith isn’t doubt but certainty. We foolishly believe that freedom is found by holding on when true freedom can only be experienced when we let go and trust. Our trustful obedience opens us up and avails us to being known by God. We show our love for God by making Him the first person we come to when we can’t figure things out on our own.
- Truth is revealed one step of faith at a time. What has God been revealing to you about His character and your heart lately? What are you learning through your steps of obedience?
God, as you reveal to me more of Your heart and Your character, may I walk in obedience and faith. I desire to display courage and boldness as I search for Your truth. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.