Luke 15:17 “And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!”
For many of us, we can clearly remember that time when the truth came to us in living color.
It may have been when we realized that what we had thought about someone or something did not ring true. Or, it could have been the method or process we thought would bring about the success that fell short of our expectations.
For the prodigal, his moment of clarity came when all the money and the good times ran out. He thought that independence, freedom from authority, and money would bring him happiness. Reality smacked harshly as he found himself in desperate need.
Some call this moment a “come to Jesus” meeting. It is a meeting where the truth hits us that we once believed to be true is now lying in a ruinous heap at our feet.
So, what keeps us from dealing all the time truthfully?
We have unrealistic expectations.
We apply wrong principles to situations and circumstances, and our calculations and goals become skewed.
Some element of our plans proves untrustworthy, faulty, or we over/underestimate their abilities.
There are so many variables that are out of our control that we cannot accurately predict the end result.
Clarity comes when we embrace the truth without adding to it or subtracting from it.
Truth and the clarity we need will always have enemies.
Compromise is an enemy of truth and clarity.
Apathy, laziness, and ignorance are also enemies that we need to protect our minds and spirit.
Proverbs 11:14 “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellers there is safety.”
Clarity can be found when we seek wise counsel. We all need at least one wiser than ourselves who leads us and guide us into all truth.
John 16:13 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
Our first step toward clarity begins with our relationship to the truth. That is found in the Holy Spirit. His job is to lead us and guide us into what is right and expose what is not.
Being open to the Spirit’s leading allows us to test the wisdom and path of decisions we are about to make and gain the clarity to make the right one before suffering the consequences of a bad one.
Sometimes we want something so badly, we rush into a situation without the clarity of the consequences of such a decision, we wonder how we arrived at such a place of destruction.
We are impatient.
We allow our wants and desires to supersede those God has for us. There is an old adage:
“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice; shame on me.”
Yet, we repeat things over and over again, never learning from failure. To repeat something over and over again, expecting different results, is called insanity.
Clarity allows us the perspective of what we could not see previously.
Clarity removes the fog that settled on a situation or circumstance in our life.
Like the prodigal, clarity can only come through humility. We can either be broken due to the bad choices we’ve made or approach each decision seeking God’s wisdom and counsel.
Think of it… What if the prodigal sat with his father, asking his wisdom regarding his restlessness, desire for independence, and pleasure? When we ask for advice, it can be freely given.
Without that particular request, we plummet to and end result wondering how we arrived at such a place. God desires us to ask, seek, and knock to obtain the needed wisdom for today.
When we do, clarity comes easily.
The two paths to clarity lie before us each and every day.
Which will you choose?