The older I get the fewer gray areas I find in life.  Wonder why that is?  I have some ideas:

  1. I know my Bible better now. Some things I used to think were gray areas I have discovered aren’t gray at all.  God has spoken on them; they’re black and white, crystal clear.  I John 4:6
  2. I don’t try to get as close as I can to the edge of worldliness anymore. When you begin to live a truly holy life, you do not argue for anything that might suggest an appearance of evil.  I Thess 5:22
  3. I understand and recognize more and more of the wisdom in God’s truth now. There is a reason He says yes to some things and no to others.  And even when I do not understand His reasons, my job is to say, “Thy will, not mine.”  James 4:13-15; Pro 3:5-6
  4. I don’t care what others think about what I believe. I am not trying to impress anyone or seek validation.  My consideration of truth no longer depends on what anyone else says, but rather on what God’s Word says.  I want to obey God rather than man.  Acts 5:29
  5. I have learned God truly means what He says. He does not suggest; He commands, and there are always consequences when He is ignored or rebelled against.  I need to pay attention.  Listening to God is serious business.  Deut 10:12; Eccl 12:13
  6. I now see that God doesn’t leave things for us to figure out that would hurt us or condemn us. Those truths are clear and always for our good. There are, of course, difficult passages in Scripture but none of these have to do with gaining or maintaining a right relationship with God. John 7:17; 8:32
  7. Finally, I have come to see that most so-called “gray” areas are things that could easily be understood with careful study, but people just don’t want to study and accept the truth about it. They act like the water is muddy, and therefore have an excuse not to make a choice.  They might say they are still studying the matter or that the topic is complex, but they usually mean they don’t like God’s stand on it but certainly can’t admit that.  Matt 13:15

-Debbie Kea