Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
From our earliest days, most of us have been taught to tell the truth. We learned at a young age that our lies would always find us out, didn’t we? Sometimes the result of not telling the truth was time sitting alone in the corner. At other times, when caught in a lie, we might even have had our mouths washed out with soap. That was one way to learn that lying was bad for us!
Of course as important as it is for us to tell the truth in life, there’s another truth that is even more important, and that’s God’s truth. Denying God’s truth about what is right or wrong, or what is necessary for us to be saved, has more dire circumstances than our youthful fibbing.
A game show popular on the radio in the ’40s, and on television for over 30 years beginning in the ’50s, was called “Truth or Consequences.” Players would be asked trivial questions that were impossible to answer, then they had to perform zany acts, or “consequences,” much to the delight of the audience. This was all in good fun, and the consequences weren’t too serious.
Unfortunately, the consequences of our lack of knowledge of God’s truth, or our blatant disregard for it, are serious indeed. While God is compassionate and forgives us for our sins, He is also just and so does not remove the consequences our sins create for ourselves and others. Better to know His truth and walk in it than to suffer the consequences!
We are blessed to serve a God who grants us the great privilege of knowing His truth. He gave us the Holy Bible to outline the precepts and commandments revealing His absolute truth, and He sent His Son to live among us that we might see truth lived out.
Throughout His ministry Jesus used stories and parables to teach the truth to the disciples and those who gathered around Him wherever He went. Often He would begin His teaching by saying. “I tell you the truth…” and then go on to reveal one of God’s immutable truths by which we are to live.
“I tell you the truth,” Jesus said in Matthew 17:20, “if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
In Luke 18:17 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
Again and again Jesus speaks truth into darkness: the truth that His Father told Him to speak into a world that disregarded truth at every turn.
Because the Holy Bible is inerrant, without flaw from beginning to end, we can rest in its truth. From the commandments God gave to Moses on the mountaintop to the last words of John in Revelation, God’s Word is truth.
So when we read the statement Jesus made in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,” we can be sure He is speaking the truth. Truth hurts, we hear when we are young, but the older we grow, the more we know God’s truth doesn’t hurt. God’s truth heals.
God’s truth gives us the confidence we need to face the future unafraid, for it guarantees that all who believe in Him will be saved. When we walk in God’s truth, we are walking in the right direction.
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by Nancey Brummette
Nancy Parker Brummett first led a Bible study in an assisted living setting in 1999 and she and the Lord developed The Hope of Glory in the years that followed. She also journeyed with her mother and mother-in-law through their adventures in aging, and her academic interest in aging led her to receive the Professional Certificate of Gerontology from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. The author of four other books, she now focuses her writing and speaking ministries on her passion for older adults and those who care for them. To learn more about Nancy’s life and work or to subscribe to her blog on aging issues, Take My Hand Again, visit her website.