His Truth Will Set You Free

Listen to what Jesus says; “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

Learning the hard way


learning hard way

The most effective lessons are the ones you figure out yourself.

Almost daily, I earnestly ask God to show me how to do something, like solving a writing problem in the book I’m working on. Though I feel His presence with me, and at times, He does seem to give me the answer, He doesn’t solve all my writing challenges.

It just occurred to me that maybe God has a good reason for not showing me the solution to all my problems. Like any good parent or teacher, maybe God is telling me that for some problems, I need to figure out the solution myself.

What do you think?


Author: CJ Penn

First, my writing isn't about me. Don’t want the attention, don’t want to feed my ravenous ego (yep, I’m just a typical pride-plagued human). But I love writing - it gets me out of bed when it's way too dark, just so I can do some writing before heading off to work. I write because I’m passionate about God, Jesus, His Spirit, and His truth. And, I feel the Holy Spirit gets shortchanged in the world we call Christianity. The truth is sometimes lacking too.

4 thoughts on “Learning the hard way

  1. I think so too, God has blessed us with creative abilities and talents and he knows that we can find out the solutions for ourselves if we work harder..lets keep working harder He is there every step of the way to getting the answer


  2. I don’t agree with that. I agree with you in the sense there is a place where we need to be good at what we do. Skill is very important but at the same time I think He doesn’t show us answers at times because He wants us to seek Him more and depend on Him more. After all He is the One who created us and He knows our limits. So He would bring hard things so we would trust Him to do His work. He would bring hard things so He could show you His glory when in your weaknesses you do great things! That is what I think.


    • Hi Rolain,
      Great point – thanks. For me there’s a fine line between totally relying on God, and relying too much on myself. My ego thinks I can handle certain things and solve certain problems on my own. So I have to guard against my prideful self. That’s why, when I write, I try to write with my heart and mind focused on the Holy Spirit within me. Looking at Him, rather than at “self” – that’s what works best for me.


    • You are right about the line being fine. It is very very fine. We just need to be able to discern if we have passed the line. All the best as you look to Him. God can and will use someone who knows He is the one to look to.


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