Truth is true forever.
This statement came to me when I was struggling to put together this year’s Christmas newsletter. Our family had to face some serious (and faith-shaking) challenges this past year. Challenges that made even the simplest tasks seem mountainous. Many sayings I so readily accepted without question before now do not ring true for me. What exactly do I believe?! What can I hold onto when the bottom seems to fall out from under me?
Today I can’t stop thinking of that statement…it will not leave my mind.
“Truth is true forever.”
Our world is full of change. Nothing stays the same. As hard as they’ve tried, no one can stop the aging process, much to the dismay of many a man and woman as they try to hide the wrinkles, age spots and gray hair. Fashion and popular culture is like shifting sand. What’s “in” today will be old tomorrow…and perhaps one day what's old today will be “in” again but there is no guarantee. People change…behavior, weight, hair color & length, likes and dislikes change as we mature…whether for good or bad,
Weather patterns change.
But God is always the same…
always true, always loving, always providing, always near.
He is the perfect foundation for life.
God never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
The same God that made eternal promises to Abraham is
the same God who walks with us today.
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.’”
Christ goes on to say “…Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.
How can you say, ‘Show us the Father?’ Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me…”
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.”
Truth is not just something we should believe…
it could mean the difference between life
and death! (see 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)
“A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is deceitful.”
If we want to be near to God and honor Him…
we must learn what truth is and embrace it without compromise.
“The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”
“The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.”
Truth also sets us free from the bondage of sin and death
“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’ They answered him, ‘We are Abraham's descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?’ Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.’”
Our culture has embraced many lies as truth.
This is confusing and dangerous!
"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,
who put darkness for light and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter."
“God ‘will give to each person according to what he has done.’* To those who
by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give
eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and
follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.”
Romans 2:6-8 (*reference to Psalm 62:12 & Proverbs 24:12)
I no longer want to accept beliefs and spout old sayings
that shrink into nothingness when held up to the light of God’s Word.
Eternal TRUTH is the only solid foundation on which to build real LIFE.