Have you ever considered that a desire for clarity could become an idol?
We know that God gives us wisdom and leads us in all truth. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” and Jesus promised his disciples that the Spirit would guide the disciples into all truth in John 16.
But there are also times, like the present time in our world with covid-19, when so much seems to be unclear and alarming. I have found myself over the last 10 days asking God for clarity over what we are to do as a family, as a neighborhood, and as a church. How long will this last? What resources is this going to require? How will it all come together? We have been wrestling with many questions surrounding our needs and wants, how to interact with others, and what followers of Jesus are supposed to look like and do in all of this. These are good questions and we need to discern ways forward patiently together.
However, you may be nodding up and down to all of that yet also find yourself feeling anxious or worried about the next steps because very little is clear in the world today. My encouragement to you is that this fight for clarity might actually be a hindrance, at worse an idol, that stands in the way of connecting directly with Jesus. When needing clarity or worrying about the future keeps us from coming to God, we have forgotten the core of our calling as Jesus followers. One opportunity in all of this is the chance to slow down, seek Jesus (Jeremiah 29:13, Matthew 6:33, Acts 17:27) and make good use of this time that’s been afforded to us.
This was Paul’s good word to the church at Ephesus. He said, “Look carefully then how you walk, not a unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16). This virus is evil. God is always good. These verses in Ephesians all speak to living in the present moment and using them well. They speak to the idea that what we can control is ourselves and how we act. We are promised his presence in all things and that clarity eventually comes. So serve others. Love others. Do this out of a relationship and a seeking of Jesus above all things. Seek Him above even the answers we so desperately desire in times of uncertainty.