Why are we so quick to believe what is false? Because we want to. We want to own, possess, to hoard. And if we don’t want actual power, we at least seek the power of certainty. Enough of this living by faith stuff. When we reach such a point, though, we have lost faith in God’s love. We can find that love again through the truths of the Bible. But it is up to us to make choices based on the truth and then follow through.
Truth and love are inseparable twins. Both seek to give, to free, to offer hope. They never seek to set their own broad path. Rather, truth and love follow Jesus on the narrow and self-giving road.
How can we remain faithful to truth if we’re so predisposed to follow after soothing lies? We must believe the truth. We naturally tend to stray away from believing both the bad and the good news of the gospel. We forget about God’s grace and become impressed with ourselves. We lose touch with the deadliness of sin.
If you’re experiencing misery, despair, and hopelessness, perhaps you have become confused about the truth. Perhaps you have bought into some of the myths of this world. If you are willing to live by the truth, it will transform your life by giving you hope and confidence. Permanent, rock-solid, and never-changing, truth has the power to turn lives around.
But in a fallen world, truth is never easy to follow, no matter how much faith we have. As we’ve discussed, truth is not always something we care to hear. All of us need to examine our lives and uncover the half- truths, myths, and encumbrances that stand in the way of our relationship with God. Is it money? Is it lust? Is it alcohol? Power? It’s important to be aware of the sin that hinders us from fulfilling Christ’s call on our lives.
Hebrews 12:2 points us to the way of truth:
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning it’s shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Excerpted from the book The God of Second Chances by Stephen Arterburn