Have you ever sat there completely unsure about what to think, what to do… What to believe? Me too. Ever felt like you’d had a steady diet of words but were left empty, starving? The first time I realized I’d been starving for truth was when my mom said something that went contrary to everything I’d known and everything she’d ever taught me. It threw me into a tailspin and I was no longer sure what to do or believe. I was desperate for answers, for truth, but completely unsure where to go to find them.
I sought information from library books, from reference books, I re-listened to “experts” and leaned in on conversations. But the gnawing hunger pains remained. I dug for answers in other religions, I even tried giving up religion all together. Nothing satisfied my hunger, nothing seemed to ease the insatiable craving for certainty.
Some call this “coming into your own”, some call it breaking from the mold. It’s more than that, this kind of uncertainty- is really a search for truth that can withstand the whipping winds of public opinion and cultural shifts. It’s a hunger for real, sustainable, wholeness.
So in a last ditch effort I turned back to the Bible. Sneaking down to the basement in my college dormitory, I sat in an empty, stale study room and began digging through the Bible about the particular topic that had challenged my concept of truth.
Af first I thought, “oh right, I’ve already read this scriptures, already heard the three point sermons built around them,” but I kept reading, kept digging. And then it came.
Like a satisfied hunger, a healthy filling of good-for-you food–the words coming off the page answered my question- not about WHO was right in this topical debate, but about WHAT was right. The Bible wasn’t forcing my opinion, it was offering me truth and inviting me to choose.
Life can take us through many different crossroads where nothing makes sense. I’ve seen it in politics or choosing a church. I’ve been paralyzed in deciding which job to take or how to handle a complicated relationship. I’ve even stood there immobilized in what to believe about myself as I faced hard decisions.
When left to ourselves, our opinions, feelings, interpretations, and perceptions—we will get lost bouncing to and fro like leaves in the autumn wind. Truth needs to be something far outside of ourselves, something uninfluenced and unchanging. That kind of sure-thing, that steady unwavering place is the Word of God.
Many refer to the Bible as the foundation, or they call it their rock. All are true- but I say the Word of God is our plumb line. A Plumb line is a cord weighted with lead that is used in building to check that vertical structures are true (straight, perfectly level).* Its the line from which all other things are measured against, its the line that sets the foundation and all the walls. Everything is shored up by the plumb line. Everything.
It took a while for me to get passed the rigid walls of opinion loitering around the Word and find the plumb line—but once I allowed the Holy Spirit to show me truth in all of my decisions, uncertain situations and hard seasons, there’s been no turning back.
Friends, If you have ever wondered if the Word of God could speak to you, if you’ve ever wondered if those whispered questions and hidden wrestles could just be answered for sure– please hear me. They can. As we sit across this virtual screen from each other I pray that you can feel my hand on your forearm as I lean across the table and look you in the eye– friend. This Bible was written just for you. You, Yes YOU were the intended audience when God penned those words. If you want to know more about how to hear God in the Word, how to start meeting with Him in the Bible- come join my friend Beth Kinder and I in our newest Bible Study/Journal and Discover God’s Word for yourself. (click the image below for more information).
*Dictionary of Bible Themes, BibleGateway.com