I am sitting here at the computer when I should be cleaning my house. What in the world is wrong with me? Well, to be honest I have used up some of my morning, ending up with the Lord telling me I should know by now the only real source of truth. I try to excuse myself by saying that life specifics pertinent to today are not always to be found in a Bible written years and years ago and wondering how I can actually discern what is true in today’s world where I am. Gee, you mean I only have to ask and listen. That seems too easy and there is still the question of who or what I will allow to speak to me. In Bible history Moses is the first to record for us values as significant today as they were then – And I bowed my head and worshiped the Lord, and blessed the Lord God of my master Abraham, who had led me in the way of truth (Genesis 24:48). The Psalmist tells us that His truth shall be your shield and buckler (91:4) and John recorded the words of Jesus himself – if you abide in My word…you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (8:31-32).
Well, I guess that pretty much settles it. I really didn’t believe what I have been listening to, did I? While it is true that we are living in a time when discovery has brought many things to light that are both helpful and usable, it is also true that we have grown major egos and usually think we often know better than those who feel they are currently being used to educate us and also make a lot of money in the process. Do you wish you could have thought of some of those things first? Tell the truth – all of us could have found a way to use some extra cash.
Money and ego aside, also the fact that I don’t have time for a lot of study in the day’s schedule, what is my next step? Obviously this is going to take more time than I currently have. Should I simply drop the subject and move on or should I actually make an appointment with myself for further study on the real value of truth? Most of us will remember that in our childhood our parents spoke of truth and the necessity for it. In fact, we were even told of the trouble we could get in if we didn’t tell the truth. As we grew older we found that there were often ways to skirt the truth for our own situation. And, sad to say, not telling the truth has caused many people in today’s world to either get in bad trouble or at least wonder why not speaking it has caused them more trouble than it was worth in the first place.
Even though spoken of often in Biblical times the truth has not lost its value or impact over the years; in fact, there are times when the consequences are even more than they used to be. In the book of Romans Paul reminds us that the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness (1:18). We cannot avoid seeing this in today’s world, especially when it comes to the election of men who run for office to attain wealth and prestige rather than to practice what they have preached.
I know, you are thinking this is good advice and always has been, but what real difference can it make in a world that is already falling apart. We all are aware of the discussions occurring about our future and what might possibly happen in the final days before the Lord’s return. Has the date already been set or is there still a period of grace allowed in which to make a change and then what change shall we attempt as there are so many errors existing in our everyday life? We all realize that when this world was created that God already knew what would happen and He also knew that even after He allowed His son to pay the price for our sin it wouldn’t continue to make the desired difference. Was His decision foolish when He knew what the ending would be, or could He not resist the hope? Like John was He thinking I have no greater joy than to hear that My children walk in truth (1st John 1:4)?
Greater love has no one than this…..