In one of the Peanuts comic strips, Peppermint Patty came to grips with a shocking truth. She was turning to Marsha for a few answers in school. Marsha exhorted Patty to stop asking her for answers. She exclaimed, “I don’t have all the answers. Sometimes I just guess.”
Peppermint Patty was shocked. Very distressed, she replied, “You guess? You’ve been giving me answers that you just guessed?”
Unfortunately, Peppermint Patty’s predicament doesn’t exist only in the fantasy world of comics. Every day, countless people depend upon others to give them answers that may be nothing more than a guess. And it’s quite possible that the guess is a bad one!
During 2020 we have certainly seen our share of “estimations” and “best guesses”. Days and months of decisions and challenges lie ahead, but God does not leave us without His presence and His direction. As Christians, we don’t have to bank our eternity, or even our wisdom for daily life, on a guess – ours or someone else’s. We can find answer in the truth of God’s Word.
I love the message of Psalm 119, extolling not only the virtues and truth of God’s Word, but the benefits that come from following it.
How sweet are your words to my taste; they are sweeter than honey.
Your commandments give me understanding; no wonder I hate every false way of life.
Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.
I’ve promised it once, and I’ll promise again:
I will obey your wonderful laws.
Praise God that life in 2020 is not about guesswork. It’s about following the path He has illuminated by his Word.