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Grateful for Clarity

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Driving into town this morning, I could see the top of Pikes Peak. I could see the trees in the mountains. I could see the rocks and the shadows they made at the summit of the peak, and the blue sky up and beyond. Since I haven't seen them for a few days, I was struck with gratitude. I was grateful for clarity.

A few weeks ago, we had a short trip to Boston for a family wedding, and when Abigail and I landed in Denver on our return trip, all the smoke from the fires in Montana had rolled in. Denver was a soup of smoke and smog. I felt like I was chewing the air. For days, I have felt the bad air in my throat and sinuses. Some in our church have really suffered from the bad air. But this morning it felt like there was finally clarity again. I could breathe deep!

God's Word Brings Clarity

On Sunday, we talked about the Word of God, our First Authority. I am so grateful for the Word of God. When my mind is clouded and smoky, when I can’t see the sky or the light of the sun on the rocks, I long for clarity to come. Have you ever been in the middle of a big decision or stuck in a web of confusion when, finally, the decision is clear or the way made plain and you are just overcome with gratitude for clarity? That’s the Word of God in our lives.

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:14-17).

The inspired, “God-breathed” Word brings clarity. It is able to make you “wise for salvation.” Nothing else can. When we wander from God and grow deaf to his Word, the smoky fog sets in. But thanks be to God for the gift of his Holy Scripture to blow clarity into our lives from his very own nostrils.

This week marks the halfway point in our ten-week worship challenge! How are you doing so far? Sunday we will talk about putting Jesus First at Home. Hope to see you.


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