May 31, 2011

Psalm 119:30 I have chosen the way of truth;
I have set my heart on your laws.

Discipleship is always a choice. We either choose truth, or we choose a lie. God is true, and His Word is truth. The devil is a liar and and father of lies. (John 8:44) Choosing to follow God means choosing the truth, always and consistently. Society mitigates very strongly against that. A TV program just last night was talking about the percentage of statements in given relationships that are false. Lying was portrayed as undesirable, generally speaking, but at the same time a young girl in the studio was praised for saying that she sometimes lied to keep from hurting someone’s feelings. The problem is, that is a slippery slope. If lies are justified in this situation, then why not this other one? Total honesty requires courage, as well as faith and trust in God. We lie to cover things up, forgetting that God sees everything. The psalmist speaks of placing God’s judgments before him. That means always being aware that God is the judge, and that all we say, do, and are is open before Him. Such awareness is a powerful motivator toward honesty! However, choosing God’s truth isn’t just a matter of personal honesty, it is a matter of believing what God has said. Some people would like God to speak to them, but they steadfastly refuse to believe what He has already said! God’s truth is ultimately very good news, but part of it is that we are sinners in need of repentance and salvation. If we don’t accept and act on that, we don’t receive the benefits of all the rest of it. It’s still true, but it becomes judgment for us instead of blessing. Choosing God’s truth can certainly bring some short-term pain, but choosing a lie brings long-term destruction.

I have the extreme blessing of having been raised in a family where absolute honesty was a foundational principle, and love of God’s truth was practiced and taught. However, few people around me have had such an advantage. I was talking recently with a woman who was saying what a great blessing it was to have married into such a family. They do exist, and God wants more of them, but they are still rare. As a pastor, one of my goals is to increase the number of such families. That has to start with instilling a love for truth, and specifically God’s truth, in individual believers. When that is established, the homes they build will be established on truth, and they will stand whatever the storms, as Jesus said. (Matthew 7:24-27) That’s one reason the devil hates families in general and Christian families in particular. I need to be fully available to God in bolstering strong Christian families, built on God’s truth.

Father, thank You again for Your amazing grace toward me. Help me be an open channel of that grace to all around me, inviting them into the blessings of Your truth, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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