Day 5: Truth and Consequences
[God our Savior] desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:4 ESV
Truth. Sometimes it’s just plain painful.
I’ll never forget her words, though I’m not sure she remembers. “I don’t feel like you are very trustworthy.” Ouch… I mean really ouch. I left the car pretty upset that day… angry to be exact. “Is there truth in what she’s said? Am I not to be trusted? Am I who I profess to be?” It was a light bulb moment… a game changer in so many ways. It didn’t send me on a quest to be more trustworthy, but to recognize I alone can never be trusted. In those painful moments God revealed to me He is truth, the only truth. It has been some time since the conversation with my sister and I can honestly say I’m thankful for her words today. Through them God revealed His truth is the only truth I can trust.
Our final qualification for determining trust is whether or not someone or something is all they claim to be. Are they truthful? Trustworthy relationships, business transactions, and advertising must be based on truth. If something is not true then it is false, a lie.
Anyone who has ever been lied to knows the shock of discovery, the pain of betrayal, the humiliation of being fooled, the outrage of being deceived. All these emotions add up to distrust. A single liar can cause us to begin to suspect everyone. We may even become cynical: contemptuously distrustful of human nature and motives (Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Ed.).
Merriam-Webster’s definition of truth includes “fidelity; sincerity in action, character, and utterance.” Fidelity is the quality of being faithful. Sincerity, to be honest and true. Therefore, truth is faithful, honest, and true. God is all these things.
Read the following verses and discover what they reveal about God as truthful.
- Psalm 33:4
- Hebrews 6:18
- Jeremiah 10:10
Not only can we trust God as truth, He will guide us in truth as we navigate our way through this life.
Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. —Psalm 25:4-5 NIV
If we are willing, God will guide us into truth. Having a teachable attitude and a heart open to truth is our hope.
Many today reject the notion of truth all together. Just as Pontius Pilate asked Jesus during His trial: What is truth? (John 8:38). This is the question at the heart of relativism, rejection of the idea of spiritual and moral truth. What relativists reject, God deems most important.
God wants all people to realize moral and spiritual truth exist. He is the Author of both. Accepting the truth about truth determines our eternal destiny.
For this is what the Lord says — he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited — he says: “I am the Lord, and there is no other. I have not spoken in secret, from somewhere in a land of darkness; I have not said to Jacob’s descendants, ‘Seek me in vain.’ I, the Lord, speak the truth; I declare what is right. …
Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God and there is no other. By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear. They will say of me, ‘In the Lord alone are deliverance and strength.’” All who have raged against him will come to him and be put to shame. —Isaiah 45:18-19, 22-24 NIV
Jesus’s testimony regarding His purpose in the world to testify to the truth triggered Pilate’s question (John 18:37). The heart of His witness centers on the consequences of rejecting or the rewards for accepting the truth of His gospel. God loves each one who ever lived. He places them in the exact time and place where we are most likely to find Him (Acts 17:26-27). He is not a God who asks us to seek Him when He cannot be found. If we honestly seek the truth we will find Him.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13 NIV
Talk It Out
Talk it over with yourself:
If, in pursuing God’s truth, you had to face sins in your life and make changes, would you still want truth? Are you willing to take the risk? Can you afford not to?
Talk it over with God:
Anything or anyone in our life that takes precedence over our relationship with God is an idol. Ask God to prepare you to have him illuminate the darkness in your life. Thank Him in advance for His truth, His mercy and His salvation.
Those who cling to worthless idols forsake faithful love, but as for me, I will sacrifice to You with a voice of thanksgiving. I will fulfill what I have vowed. Salvation is from the Lord!
Jonah 2:8-9 HCSB
Exercise Your Faith
In your journal, make a list of a few things in creation you trust no matter what (the sun coming up, the ocean’s waves).
Give thanks for those things in creation that reveal God’s trustworthy nature.
No prompt today. Recite week’s verse or write it in your journal. Then go ahead and do the same for the verses from Week 1 and Week 2.