Are you confused? Today it is easy to get really confused. We have many voices coming at us and they take us in all different directions. Where do you look for truth?
If we look to politicians for the truth we are in for a big disappointment. They tell us one thing and do another. They don’t keep their promises and they let us down every time. It doesn’t matter which party, they are all alike. Sometimes when they are on television, I will say, “Hey! His nose is getting longer!”
Do we look for truth in the world? How many commercials have you seen and then went out and bought the product and found it wasn’t at all like they advertised? It’s happened to me a lot. No, we can’t trust the world for the truth.
How about special “sales,” in stores. Many times I’ve gone to get a certain product that was advertised as “on sale” and when I got there they were “all out.” Can you say, “bait and switch”? We can’t trust commercial enterprises.
What kind of truth are you looking for? Is it truth about a health issue? Maybe the psychologist will help. Not so fast! They don’t tell us the truth either. They don’t tell us that we have a spiritual problem that needs to be fixed between God and ourselves. Instead, they probe into our past and try to dig up things that might cause our distress. But, is that where we find the truth? No! That usually only causes more confusion. They may prescribe psych pills that can be actually dangerous to our health. We can become dependent on them and our psychologist. That is not good either.
The news media is another place where we can’t find the truth. If you surf the channels you will find many different views of the same news story. So, who does tell us the truth? Hard to say. Maybe none of them. Who do we believe?
So, let’s surf to the so-called Christian stations. What have we here? There is much false teaching on these stations. We have to be careful. How many people can actually tell what is true and what is false teaching? You can’t if you haven’t been a student of the Word of God. Much of it has some truth, but then they throw in all the false teachings to go along with it.
(1Co 5:6) Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
Well, I do have the answer to the question of where is the truth. The absolute truth is found in the Word of God, the Bible. Do you realize that the Bible is the only book that is alive? It is the living Word of God. Do you know that the Bible has the answers to all of our problems? It does, and we can trust what it says.
(2Pe 1:3) According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
(2Ti 3:16) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
(2Ti 3:17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
God tells us in the Bible that His words are truth!
(Bold print in the verses below are mine.)
(Psa 119:160) “All your words are true, all your righteous laws are eternal.”
(Psa 31:5) Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.
(Isa 65:16) “Because he who is blessed in the earth Will be blessed by the God of truth; And he who swears in the earth Will swear by the God of truth; Because the former troubles are forgotten, And because they are hidden from My sight!
(Exo 34:6) Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth;
(Psa 108:4) For Your lovingkindness is great above the heavens, And Your truth reaches to the skies.
(Psa 57:10) For Your lovingkindness is great to the heavens And Your truth to the clouds.
(Joh 17:17) “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.
(2Sa 7:28) “Now, O Lord GOD, You are God, and Your words are truth, and You have promised this good thing to Your servant.
God cannot lie!
(Tit 1:2) in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago,
(Num 23:19) “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
(1Sa 15:29) “Also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.”
(Heb 6:18) so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.
J.I. Packer in “Knowing God,” speaking of God’s words says: “They are an index of reality: they show us things as they really are, and as they will be for us in the future according to whether we heed God’s words to us or not.”
No matter if we believe God’s Word is true or not it doesn’t matter because it IS true, and it doesn’t change. It will be true forever. We can bank on it.
The Truth is in the Bible!
Mystery solved! We can go to the Bible to find the truth. God is truth and His word is truth. You can depend on it! You can be secure in it! It is trustworthy! Today, as we face our challanges, we can turn to the Bible and know that we will find the answers and they will be true.
It still boggles my mind to think that the God of all creation loves me so much that He gave me an instruction book on how to live my life. He cares about me! He tells me how I should conduct myself on a daily basis. He helps me understand why people act the way they do. He tells me He loves me and wants an intimate relationship with me. He helps me know what is right and what is wrong. He gives me wisdom and understanding. I know when I read something in the Bible it is TRUTH! It doesn’t matter to me what other people say about it. I know in my heart that it is the truth and that I need to stand on it.
If you would like to read a chapter in the Bible that tells us about the Word of God there is no better one than Psalm 119. Some of my favorite scriptures are in this chapter. Here are a few of my favorites that encourage me to live a life that is pleasing to God.
Psalm 119:11 “I have hidden thy word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
Psalm 119:15 “I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.”
Psalm 119:18 “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.”
Psalm 119:103 “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.”
Oh, there are so many more! Go, read, and be blessed!