hold that thought

Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
    and do not rely on your own insight.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6; NRSVue

In pop western culture we want answers, and we want them now. No ambiguity, no having to sort through things; we want the quick fix or the right answer right away. There’s a place for that in some things for temporary or relatively trivial matters. But for the big questions and trying to figure out what to do in the rough and tumble, the tussles, in real life, that’s completely something else.

So much is involved in this. We’re processing through our own thoughts as we seek God’s help. And much of what we’re thinking through has truth in it. But we can’t stop. We have to keep going, to keep asking questions, to look into good Bible commentaries and good study Bibles.

We always need to error on the side of mercy, grace and kindness, trying to cut others slack, remembering our own faults in the past and present, with the willingness, indeed set disposition to forgive. We keep asking questions, we keep praying for ourselves, for others, for the situation at hand.

And we have the promise stated above that God will see us through as we seek to get God’s help, no less. In and through Jesus.