Ideas and opinions about truth are fascinating to me. It seems that truth is often seen as a fluid concept. I can ask two different students what happened in the lunch room as to why there are unaccounted-for items left on the table and I get what I genuinely think are their attempts at the truth, yet the details don’t match. How is it that they can both tell me what “happened”, those events not match, yet I really believe they both are telling the “truth”. Did they not pay as close attention? Did they miss something, some sort of fact?

I think this is an issue we all face at some time or another. And it’s not for something as trivial as who left this garbage on the table, but truth about life, death, purpose, morality and the fundamental list goes on and on.

Recently I was searching for an apple watch band. I wanted to find my black watch band and as any blessed and often over-indulgent woman, I have a plethora of watch band options. Seeing as how I was looking for this black watch band in the semi-dark, the navy was quite close to the black. As I looked at the navy watch band, I could have thought that it was the black one because it was kind of dark and the two colors are very similar. It wasn’t until I held the navy one next to the black one that I was able to tell which one was really black; which one was the true black and the one I really wanted.

I couldn’t help but think that is what we need to do when we are faced with something that seems like the truth, but we can’t 100% tell in the moment. We have to compare it to something we KNOW to be true. For a lot of people, unfortunately, they don’t have that true compass. Truth is a fluid concept that changes with their circumstances, with what society says, or with how they feel in the moment. If that is you, what I can offer is my own experience of what God has done in my life and the truth of His word. I have seen it be the constant truth that keeps me sane. I might not always LIKE what I read and when it challenges me, but it has ALWAYS proven to be true.

For those of us who have decided and see that God’s ways are true, we need to know God and His word enough to be able to hold things up to the light of His truth. When an offer or suggestion comes your way that seems ambiguous, hold it to the light of what God says in His word, then decide whether or not it should be pursued. You might not like how it compares, but at least you’ll know whether it’s true or not. Then you are making an educated decision. The enemy of your soul has demons assigned to continually skew the truth. He’s been doing it from the beginning of time. Genesis 3 chronicles the deception of Satan in Garden. He brings God’s commandment to Eve’s attention about the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He starts out by asking if God said they couldn’t eat from any tree. Eve corrects him and says, “Well, we can eat from all the trees EXCEPT this one or else we will die,” (my paraphrase). Here comes the partial truth. Verse 4 says “But the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” He acknowledges that when they eat they will gain knowledge but tries to twist it so the consequence doesn’t seem quite as drastic. I can just hear him with his scoffing tone, “Surely you won’t DIE.. God wouldn’t do THAT… He just doesn’t want you to know everything.. He’s holding out on you!!” Isn’t that just it? We have FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). We are deathly afraid that God is holding out and not offering us EVERYTHING good. Even though God was overabundantly generous with Adam and Eve; Here.. eat anything; it’s all yours. I just ask that you trust me with this one thing. Seems so easy when you put it that way. Do I really want to sacrifice all that I CAN have for the one thing He wants to keep from me? We have to know the truth so we can fight those battles of the enemy and his minions.

In this age of relativism and self-worship, we need a true compass more than ever. I challenge you, in this moment, to commit to spending quality time with God… His Word. Not someone else’s word… God and His word. Begin to truly see what He says about you and your worth, about how to love others and how to live with people. What does he say about our finances and possessions? What does he say about where our priorities should be? You won’t know it all instantaneously, but I promise you… the clarity that begins to come into your life will ease a lot of the stress of what to do and who to believe. The Holy Spirit has been trying to guide you all along, but now is the time to shut down all the lies and hone in on the one voice of truth.

“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’” John 14:6

Check out this devotional video on The Value of Knowing God’s Word
Here’s another short analogy that deals with how to see things clearly to get to the #truth

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