Can We Handle The Truth?

05/05/2007

Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth!
Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you. Psalm 86:11 (NLT)

What world do we choose to live in? Would it be the world of God’s Truth, or the world where we make up our own truth and live by it? And which one will get us into the most trouble? Our truth, or God’s? In one of the conversations I had of late, it was said, “We want to design our own world and live in it. That’s where we’re comfortable.”

As I read this morning in Hebrews 11:27 (NLT), “Moses kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.” We look at this world, and most times, it is a mess. If we’re not keeping our eyes on the One who is invisible, we can start to create our own world to try and escape it…the only problem is, it’s our world, our own truth, and probably no one else really understands it. It seems real enough to us, but to others, it’s simply confusing. Then we feel misunderstood and alone, and where do we turn then? We need to re-turn to the only place where Truth is found, our Lord. To His Truth. To His way. He’s not out to make us happy--although He’s glad when we are, I’m sure--but He’s out to make us a better person. It’s said, “God loves us just the way we are, and He loves us too much to leave us that way.”

God’s Truth is not always easy to live by, it’s not always easy to speak, and it sometimes hurts when we simply want to be comforted. As one friend recently said, “Good things hurt sometimes.” The world at large is not looking for the Truth…the world at large is looking to be right. This is what messes us up with religion. We want to find a “religion” that suits what we think, and follow that. Many times, we’re not interested in the Truth if it’s not what we want to hear.

When Truth is shared, it should always be done in love. God operates no other way, and neither should we. Sharing the Truth, without the Love, turns people off. God’s Truth, when shared, can cause some to fear, to maybe even have the feeling of being lost for a time…one day we seem to be on solid ground in our relationship with our Savior--then we hear a deeper word of Truth, and we can feel a bit shaken and uncomfortable. The good part of this discomfort is in not wanting to miss the “more” that God is offering.

Jesus didn’t hesitate to speak boldly, but he always did it in genuine love. God doesn’t want us to love Him because He does what we want; God wants us to love Him because He is God. The truth we live in shapes our lives. God’s Truth sets us free, and yet many times we will resist it until the last bit of strength we have is gone. Then we will at last surrender and tell Him, “We are done,” and we’ll discover the power, His Power, which was always with us but was covered over by our own schemes, our own plans, or our own devices that were getting us through this life…or so we thought.

One day, every knee will bow to the Truth of God, and Satan’s reign will end.

And that’s the Truth!