According to John 7:17 as worded by the New Living Translation Jesus says, “Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or is merely my own.” God’s promise to us in this text is that if it is our hearts desire to know God’s will, we will be able to recognize and know truth.
Still, I must keep this promise in perspective with another promise given in Deuteronomy 4:29 that I find God when I search for Him with my whole heart. I cannot give half-hearted effort. The more whole heartedly I focus my attentions and efforts on seeking God and His Truth, I will succeed because this is His promise and He never fails to keep His promises.
The more I study and look for God, the more focused on Him, I wonder why I wasn’t more interested in the past. I come to truly value Truth and all that I find about God. I see that rich treasures are free for me to find and keep.
I find that my mind expands and I gain a balanced perspective on life in general, and I am able to understand things about life as never before. God’s Spirit gives amazing peace, wisdom and clarity of thought that I didn’t know was possible before I was truly determined in seeking God.
In this new, clear thinking I see that I do need the Gift that God gave at such a high price. The Father and the Son in Heaven gave everything so that I could come up higher, and be saved from depravity. If I ignore the Gift they gave and do not accept Jesus death for my sinful selfishness, I have let their sacrifices for me go to waste and I cannot have any of the other rich treasures God wants to give me.
I see that I might as well not look for God with all my heart if I do not accept the Love and own up to my selfishness. Jesus came down and became a human, but then He lived a life of struggle under fierce challenges and gave his life so that He could pay the price demanded because people break God’s law. He took our sentence so that we could walk free.
People treated Him in the cruelest way and executed Him in the most horrific way possible, death on a Roman cross. Still, God’s purpose was served in that very symbol of the cross because Jesus hung there between earth and heaven, the only way to God.
I find myself humbled before Him because I could never do anything so selfless as He, yet it is not about me, it is about Him and my seeking God with all my heart. The more I study what Jesus came and did and the penalty he paid, the better I understand, but it takes wanting God with all my heart and letting the Holy Spirit teach me.
All I need to do is to be willing and ask God to teach me Truth and more about Himself. I must look to the best reference book possible, the Bible, and read with whole-hearted focus. As I center my interest in this way, Light does shine to brighten the darkness of life’s pathway.