September 6

Truth Isn’t Relative

Psalm 119:160 The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.

John 17:17 Sanctify [my followers] by Your truth. Your word is truth.

Psalm 43:3 Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me; let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your tabernacle.

John 8:31b-32 “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

The devil is working overtime these days—with cooperation from the current culture—to make truth a relative thing. We hear that it’s not important what happened; it’s how you feel about what happened. It’s not what really is; it’s how you feel about it.

Certainly our perspectives are important. How we feel about people, God, events, and even God’s word are significant, and God pays a great deal of attention to how we feel about all these things—usually not to indulge, but to change. But feelings don’t change the reality of anything external to us. I can be the most sincere atheist in the land, but it doesn’t negate the existence of God. I can pretend something didn’t happen, but it did. I can even react strongly to God’s word—even rejecting it—but that will never change its truth.

To some degree, it’s a matter of emphasis; in any circumstance that touches us, there is what happened, and there is how we feel about what happened. To some, how one feels is the most important thing about a matter. But while wrestling with how we feel about something may be a significant aspect of what God is doing with a situation, it never erases reality. If an event never happened, it never happened, and the person who insists it did needs to step back and do some investigating. It’s always legitimate to say that something felt like something. It’s never legitimate to insist on a reality that never occurred because it felt like it happened. In fact, it’s in that gap between reality and perception that we can find healing.

What we have to reject firmly is the idea and phrase, “my truth” and “your truth.” My belief, yes. My perspective, yes. My perceptions, yes. But truth stands by itself, and we should do our best to die to ourselves to approach a fuller understanding and apprehension of the truth in all its facets.

Happily, truth doesn’t ultimately abide in us. Truth is in God and His word, and we can find a firm foundation and stability there. Praise the Lord, we are not left alone with our perceptions of truth! Psalm 43 (above) is a cry to be led into the one truth—God’s truth—through the bringing of light to our spiritual eyes. John 8 (above) gives us a way to continue to come to truth—by abiding in Christ. That leads to discipleship, which leads to truth, which leads to freedom.

Prayer: Father, lead me to truth the rest of my days. May I always clearly recognize my feelings and interpretations as only that, and nothing more. May I have a heart that looks for and submits to truth, and that seeks to abide in You, to be Your disciple, and to live in truth.

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