John 8:31-32, NIV:  To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

What are you afraid of? When it comes to coming clean before God, being honest, and asking Him that tough question, what are you afraid of? God has our best interest at heart, right? We know this is true. But we withhold from Him the places in our lives we are not ready to let go of—places we are not ready for His answers. We are so often like children who are afraid to ask permission because we expect an answer we do not want to hear. Perhaps you have heard the tongue-in-cheek expression, “It is easier to ask for forgiveness, than to ask permission.” It is, after all, the selfish motives of our hearts that would have us seek something other than God’s will. For example, someone asks, “Is it ok to drink alcohol?” What does God say? If we aren’t sure, we should ask Him. After all, He is the one who knows truly what is right and wrong. If we do not wish to ask Him, why is that? Are we afraid His answer will not meet our desire? Again, whose will do we seek? If we truly seek God’s will, then we will accept the answer He gives—no matter how it sets with what we want—or how it clashes with what we thought we already knew.