In our Sunday morning class at church, we’re studying the little books of the New Testament. Last week was Philemon; this week, Third John, which contains the following verse:I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth (v. 4). Ah, yes. This is my hope, my prayer, my joy—that my children are walking in the truth.And I myself want to walk in the truth, as well. But I often feel utterly dependent and needy, recognizing that I need help. So I pray, borrowing from King David’s words in Psalm 86, verse 11:
Teach me your way, O LORD,and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. To walk in the truth, I need wisdom and guidance. I need to learn from the Master. In fact, I need the Lord Himself.Together, the kids, the Belgian Wonder and I are seeking Him, depending on Him, asking Him to teach us His way and give us an undivided heart. By His grace and leading, we hope to be walking in the truth.Our Boy wrote an e-mail to his grandparents in Belgium, asking about their favorite Bible verse. Grandma Kroeker wrote back that this has been one of her favorites since she was a little girl:
Trust in the LORD with all your heartand lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge himand he will make your paths straight.(Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV)
Dependency. I think that’s how we have a chance at walking in the truth—to depend on Jesus and trust in Him with our whole heart.
Well, as it turned out, we studied Second John. I had read and prepped as if we were going to study Third John.
Trish Southard says
This morning I’m walking with a girlfriend. Your devotion set my heart softly to the Lord. We are photocopying your blog and spending time with it as we stroll along Brushy Creek. Your writing softens my heart to the things of God.
amen and amen…
Jane Anne says
I read this in the wee hours of Sunday morning. It was refreshing and nudged my heart in just the right direction. I prayed with your words in mind. My oldest son was baptised on Sunday. It was a precious moment for him and my husband and I.