Journey of Truth

Frontline Devotion for April 26, 2017 (Season of 'Easter')

By: Margie Goergen-Rood

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Matthew 5:33-37; Psalm 51

Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, "You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord."

You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. (Lutheran Study Bible, Augsburg Press, 2009)

I recently watched The Last Days in the Desert (Ewan McGregor as the Jesus figure) a 2015 "art" film. Wikipedia states the following:

Last Days in the Desert follows Jesus in an imagined chapter from his 40 days of fasting and praying in the desert. On his way out of the wilderness, he struggles with a demon over the fate of an ordinary family in crisis, setting for himself a dramatic test with distinctly human conflicts.

While I found this film to be incomplete and at times incomprehensible, I also felt the so very human dimensions as the Christ figure struggles with his human self, the overwhelming harshness of nature and a desert family's real efforts to exist in this unforgiving environment. The human/divine decisions that Jesus is forced to make-save a man's life, give solace and forgiveness to the family, and also struggle with the temptations that the ever-present demon/devil gives him--are extremely close to our real-world life. (Coincidently, the devil was also portrayed by Ewan McGregor) Sadly, the film ends abruptly with Jesus being buried in the tomb following the crucifixion. There is no Easter morning and no resurrection, which is why I found the film unsatisfying.

Christ's human struggles are so real on this journey to find the truth in our own lives. In a casual conversation with one of my fellow writers for these devotions, I found an inspiring story of a journey for truth. This man was well into a career and could have easily worked toward a normal retirement. But he found the persistent whispered words of the Holy Spirit pushing him ever closer to his real truth that he would become what he always longed to be-an ordained pastor of the Lord.

While the journey for our own truth may seem truly incomprehensible, it is imperative that we all listen to the inner and outer voices of our Lord who is always bringing us ever closer to our real selves. How blessed we are to have God in our lives, embracing us, guiding us, and giving us the "signposts" in our journey to our true selves.

Prayer: Thank you, Triune God, for your eternal presence and your quiet urgings to our true selves. Please be with us always. Amen.