Truth is important. We all want to know the truth, don’t we? Especially about the most important things in our lives? We want our relationships to be based on truth – not on lies. We want to know the truth about what’s happening in our world – not one particular newscaster’s spin on that truth. We want to know the true character of the candidates running for office – not just a shined up image of truth.
The dictionary defines truth as “fidelity, constancy; sincerity…the state of being true.”
The word true means “conforming to reality or fact; not false; real; genuine; authentic; sincere; not deceitful… faithful.”
All truth is important. But, is there anything more important than knowing the truth about God and the truth about ourselves?
When my middle son, Michael, was about three years old I found him loitering rather close to a jar full of freshly baked chocolate cookies. “Michael,” I said, “have you been eating those cookies?” With a sweet look of earnest sincerity he shook his little blond head. “No, mommy,” he said, eyes wide and serious. He was totally unaware that the chocolate crumbs and smudges all over his face told me the truth of the situation!
If only the truth about everything was this obvious to us! Sometimes the truth about God is simply blurred by misconceptions, or still waiting to be sought out by us. Often the truth is hidden behind lies we have believed for a long, long time – so long that we have no idea they are lies.
Knowing the truth about God is foundational to understanding the truth about everything else. When we fully grasp the truth about God we begin to understand how He sees us:
· He imagined us. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:16b
· He created us. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13
· He sustains us. And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
· He loves us. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
When we dig deep into His Word and begin to discover these truths for ourselves we will naturally begin to see ourselves in a new light. We will see ourselves as our Creator and loving Father sees us; precious, valuable, and beautiful.
How do you see God? How do you see yourself? Does your understanding of the truth need to be examined? Don’t settle for less than the truth about God or yourself! Seek Him with all you’ve got. He guarantees you will find Him.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13