Luke 11:9 – “Ask and you shall receive; seek, and you will find.”
God has promised to give us what we need. All we need to do is ask. Am I using this “power” on a daily basis? Am I asking God to provide what I need? Am I seeking truth on a constant basis? I definitely do better at asking for what I think I need, but there is a part of me that is challenged in the quest for truth. It is easier to sit in the midst of what I want to be true than to let God reveal more to me. Why? The more I know, the more I realize I need further conversion.
The truth is that we who are baptized are called to truth. We are called to seek truth. Sometimes this truth is revealed as something wonderful and glorious. Sometimes, it reveals us for who we are – sinners. Still, on that final day, we will stand before a God who is truth. This will require us to see and accept truth. Why not start now? Truth about self is two sided. It includes the good and the not so good. The not so good is hard to see, but it is in living in truth that we find true humility, true conversion, true joy at the gift of Jesus’ death and resurrection for our sakes.
In the Bible, Jesus tells us not to fear. He is with us. As you learn to see the good and the bad, keep everything in balance. We do not need to be hard on ourselves. In fact, as I have grown, I have learned that when I see something not so perfect in my life, I smile, and say, “God, I look forward to seeing what you can do with this. I am too little, too weak, to change this on my own; however, I know that you can do all things. I invite you in to fix this.”
There are many ways to quest for truth. If you have not engaged in this endeavor before, an easy way to start is to pick up the Bible and read. It doesn’t have to be a large segment. Before you start to read, invite the Holy Spirit in to reveal greater truths. After reading, put the Bible down, close your eyes, and follow where he leads. What words jumped out at you? Is he trying to reveal something to you through that word? Place yourself inside the story, and see how the story goes with you inside it. What do you learn about God? The world around you? Yourself? I encourage you to journal the results.