The Great Story of Truth (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 275)
Proverbs 2:1,9 (NLT)
My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go.
Nearly everyone in the world is searching for truth. Truth is that definite fact or certain idea that does not change. It does not move along with the winds and frequent changes of society. While some people look to meditation, yoga retreats, secularism, or reason as a means to find truth, believers know better. We know that the truth of God must be both believed and acted upon.
The moral and ethical fabric of our society has been slowly peeled away by ideas that are proposed as a pathway to light and truth, and then years later have to be reevaluated or destroyed completely because they proved to be less than the real thing. What should we do when destructive lies surround us?
The answer is we turn to God. We start looking at God’s truth up against what the world deems as truth and find the most logic reason to fully trust what God says. The difference between what is right and wrong, just and unjust, fair and unfair, good and evil can be found in the person, character, and nature of God himself.
“You will know the truth and the truth will make you free.” How do we know truth? By getting to know God. We begin to know the mind and heart of God through scripture and in reading and meditating on scripture we begin to discover what real truth is and apply it to ourselves and the world around us. When we begin to see truth as the only standard for our lives, we realize how much the way we live plays a sacred role in the fulfillment of God’s plan.
Unlike some of what we hear in the media and in everyday communication, the truth of God does not change. Murder was wrong when God created the first man and woman and murder is still wrong today. We have courts, police departments, prosecutors, and judges because anything that is not right is wrong and wrong must be punished.
God’s truth applies to every single person in the world. What God says is right for you is also right for every soul on planet earth. Likewise, what God says is wrong for you is also wrong all people. The Bible is not subjected to relativism. Truth is not formed based upon opinion; it is developed based upon fact. God gives everyone the responsibility and privilege to make choices but he never changes his position or commands on issues relevant to his world.
As believers, each day presents you with the opportunity to choose to live your life based upon the truth of scripture or based upon the whims of emotion and the words of the world. It’s your choice. And God is not going to step on your right to choose. The choices you make will determine how we live, what we do, how we see the world, and eventually, how we die.
“We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior.”
— John R.W. Stott