In my personal Christian experience, there are times when I feel uncertain and lack the clarity I need. Some days I feel like I am walking in a fog. I am sure you face those times too. Making decisions and finding direction can be challenging. Even the esteemed Apostle Paul, who authored a significant portion of the New Testament, acknowledged that our understanding is limited and incomplete.
1 Corinthians 13:12 “Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely”
While perfect clarity is reserved for heaven, how can we attain it in the meantime? The Gospel of Mark recounts how Jesus frequently used stories and illustrations to teach people according to their level of comprehension. However, even His disciples often struggled to grasp the meaning behind His words.
Mark 4:34 “In fact, in His public ministry He never taught without using parables; but afterward, when He was alone with His disciples, He explained everything to them.”
Here is the key insight we need: spending time alone with God brings clarity. When we find ourselves unsure of what to do, we should seek solitude with God.
Let us follow the example of Jesus Himself, who frequently withdrew to pray in isolated places. Mark 1:35 describes how Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray before daybreak. Luke 5:16 also mentions that Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer. Furthermore, Luke 6:12-13 tells us that Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and He prayed to God all night. At daybreak He called together all of His disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles.
Whether it is for daily communion or when facing significant decisions, Jesus consistently prioritized spending time alone with the Father in prayer. We should find our own isolated place to be alone with God. As we do so, we will discover strength for each day, wisdom for decision-making, and tranquillity to calm our hearts.