I love getting up each and every morning and getting to talk and walk with God and then open up his Word for whatever He has to reveal to me there that day. It’s so hopeful in my growth and journey with the Lord. This week was no exception to this. While there seems to be a thousand things going on at one time each day, I am grateful for what God has opened my heart to this week in His Word, throughout my counseling studies, and in our lives in general.
I was writing response to a discussion question last night in one of my classes. The topic was in writing out a treatment plan for a case study that integrated the use of Scripture and prayer. One thing that the Lord reminded me of through this writing and in the research around the question was that no matter how much I think I may know from my studies of the Word and experiences, I will never know everything. I have to remember to humble myself in the fact that I do not and will not ever have all of the answers. It requires the need to be receptive to what God may want to reveal and allow the Holy Spirit to come into any situation to guide us through.
This reminder was so huge and very humbling. It can be so easy to become prideful in what we learn through consistent study. We all encounter those people that are very prideful in their knowledge and appear to know all of the answers to everything. First, this is impossible and when it comes to our faith and biblical knowledge, our knowledge and interpretation is so fallible and there is always the potential to jack up meaning and teaching. This makes it important to continue being receptive to knew knowledge. I’ve said before, every time open the Word, I feel like I learn something new, if not at least reminded of something important.
One more reminder that came through this week came as I began my study of 2 Corinthians the other morning. Right out of the gate, Paul writes referring to the Father as “...the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NASB). This was huge to me reminding me that the Father is the source of all comfort and mercy. As a developing Christian counselor and really when it comes to helping anyone with their pain, wounds, and struggles, it is vital to remember to seek our comfort and healing from the Father through Christ so that we can help others in the same light. We cannot do this all ourselves. Just as I wrote before, we do not and will not ever have all of the answers.
I’m so thankful for these things that God has continued to remind me about as I go about my days and with the constant chaos that comes with each passing day. We are never beyond learning as we continued to grow and be sanctified in Christ daily and saints in the Body. As Paul wrote, He is “…able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us” (Ephesians 3:20 NASB). Christ is the power working within us if we open ourselves up to allow Him to work within us and through us.
Thank you for that reminder of our need to stay humble and also be grateful for everything the Lord provides.