Or, we may find the answers we are looking for, still being spiritually guided, when we do what Jesus admonished the legalistic Jews to do: “search the scriptures” (John 5:39). Basically, Jesus was telling them to go see for themselves, to personally delve into the scriptures, to earnestly search and struggle for the truth. Second Timothy 2:15 puts it another way: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” So, we are taught in this passage to study the word and to study it in an exuberant and diligent way so that we will not be ashamed about our effort expended to seek His Truth when we stand before God for judgment (the “Bema” seat judgment of Christ where all Christians are rewarded for our works done in Jesus’ name – 2 Corinthians 5:9-11).
If we are always earnestly striving to do our best for the Lord, to know Him more, to understand our responsibilities as a child of God more, and to change our character to be more like Him every day, then, even when we fail, as we will all do, He will still know that we gave our best effort. And after all, it is the heart that He is after, the commitment of the very deepest part of our being as well as a complete commitment of all that we are and have – loving Him with our emotions, will, intellect, and strength. Of course, when we are young and inexperienced, what we think is our best effort is often far short of what we are truly capable of, but we are all, unfortunately, ignorant of what is right and what is our best until God reveals truth to us. But God does not mind showing us. He is a gentle, compassionate, and patient teacher, so long as we are really trying our best.
May the light of His truth and the warmth of His love penetrate to every corner of your life.