At some point, you must have considered that life plan — well, I mean insurance life plan. The plan that you thought you should portion part of your time considering, your money investing, your livelihood achieving even more policies to keep you covered on all ends.
It’s truth you’ve come face to face with, dealt head to head with. Truth of that accident that may befall. Truth of that hospitalisation bill of shock. Truth of that chronic disease that might be lurking in your body. Truth of that uncertainty of how your loved ones are going to deal with — oops, taboo — your death.
But Truth. The bigger, fuller truth. Truth of life. Truth of death. Truth of why we exist. Truth of who God is. Truth of why does it matter if God exists. Truth of what you should do now that you know the truth. Truth that is true and correct. Truth that is certain and on which we can depend. Truth that is pure and genuine. Truth that is simply reality.
It’s funny how such truth is not really pursued these days. Even when truth come pursuing us some day by some ‘truth postman’, we tend to punch them back in the face with an indignant quick, clever reply based on the little truth you’ve built your life on. The time described in 2 Timothy 4:3-5 seems to have come. But it’s no wonder because truth can cause you to be uncomfortable. Truth can come across as offensive.
However, truth applies to all whether you subscribe to it or not. Without truth, we live in bondage (John 8:32). Without truth, our worship is vain (John 4:24). That’s why what you believe to be true is important. It will determine how you see life and how you live your life.
Here’s the nugget for the day: Jesus had come to say that he is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). He came to bear the witness to truth. When others did not believe what he said, he did not consider changing the message to win a better hearing. Jesus stood by truth (see Matthew 15:12, 26:59-68).
Our lives depend on truth, so what will you do about it?
First of all, if you feel an inkling to resist for the sake of resisting, do not resist just because you love darkness (John 3:19). It’s foolishness because nobody can fool truth. Truth will ultimately win (Psalm 100:5). In John 18:29-40, notice the twist in verse 34 when Jesus answered Pilate in his trial and said: “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?” Now Truth throws back the question to the governor, and now the governor is on trial. But Pilate evades the question by answering “Am I a Jew?”. This is the problem to this types of reply: Truth will confront every person at the end of the day. In the end, Pilate asks Jesus: “What is truth?” and went out to the Jews and said to them: “I find no fault in Him at all” (v.38).
When confronted with truth, get to know truth instead. Explore and see what truth is all about. If you have questions about what the truth is, know that truth can stand investigation. For a headstart, get down to the truth of the truth of the truth of the truth with us on our School of Scripture sessions this Thursday and Friday (7.30 to 9.30, GMT+8) and on Saturday (10am to 4pm). (Click here for our livestream channel)
Then, accept truth like a friend. In that, it means that sometimes we need to say to truth: “He’s right, and I’m wrong.” Soon enough, you’ll find yourself embracing truth and loving truth because it now stands on your side. Truth will fight for you.