“… and of Christ. In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:2e+3/KJV).
This is intended to be my last post on “rejoicing in the truth” in 1 Corinthians 13:6. After this I am planning to start on verse 7.
The reason why I am referring to the above verse from Colossians is the word “hid”. Truth is not always that which appears to be most obvious. Truth cannot always be found with those who do voice their opinions most forcefully.
As I have discovered, the Greek word for truth is derived from a word which is derived from another word: ‘lanthano’. Interestingly this word can mean “to be hid”, “to be ignorant of” or “to be unaware”.
It is kind of scaring when Christians have hasty and ready-made answers to any problem presented to them by somebody looking for help and support. Somehow they seem to feel that the worries of others are much more easily to be dealt with than their own.
In the book of Job we find that his friends were counselling him in a manner that tended to be hurtful to Job. In the end God even said these friends had not been speaking about Him in the right way.
As you seek to live as a Christian, you at times may find yourself in situations that make you feel that something is going wrong. It must have been hard for Job having lost his children, when he got physically sick and even his wife told him to renounce faith in God and to die.
How about God’s love when we find ourselves in difficulties and in pains? What to do when Christian teachings that used to make us happy seem not to carry us anymore?
Here I find the above verse from Colossians is very helpful. There are riches of wisdom and of knowledge hidden in Christ.
In Jesus Christ we can find peace even in most awkward situations. He is able to make us aware of truth to lift us and to raise us up.
As we pray and study the bible, the Holy Spirit can guide us to discover many helpful things. In Jesus Christ there is a satisfactory answer even for my problem and for yours!
As you spend time with bible verses, as you meditate on the word of God you can learn how Jesus wants to help you and to sustain you even in most difficult situations. God does not prevent all bad things to happen to us. Yet in our difficulties he is able to comfort and to sustain those who trust in him.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rock and thy staff they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4/KJV).
How can we learn to rejoice in truth? Truth that applies to our present situation will help us rejoice.
Discoveries we make while studying the bible can carry us through even in difficult times. In Jesus Christ we can find comfort, wisdom and knowledge. As we get to know him better we can find good reasons to be joyful in our faith.