Your Friend and Constant Companion
Feb 28, 2020
The world seems to always be redefining what truth is and isn't, but we as believers know that God's Word is the truth (John 17:17) and that Jesus Christ is the truth (John 14:6). These truths about truth are powerful and life-transforming. But what about our daily lives? Can truth impact us as we go about our mundane tasks each and every day? I believe it can and I also believe it should. Because truth is more than just a topic we learn in a theological setting or during Sundays with a series at church. God's Word, our truth, should be our daily friend and constant companion. Here are some ways that we can live truth each day.
Truth is the filter through which we recognize the deceptions of this world.
When we filter our feelings and situations through the lens of the world and its various philosophies and opinions, a world where half-truths and lies run rampant, we can potentially find ourselves stumbling off the path and purpose that God has for us as men of God. How then can we recognize the deceptions of this world? We use God's Word to filter and process our feelings, our emotions, our situations, and our potential actions so that we do not drift away (Hebrews 2:1) but remain in Him (John 15:5).
Don't let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. - Colossians 2:8
Truth is the guard over our hearts and our eyes.
Many of us struggle with living a life of purity whether in our attitudes, actions, and/or words. And in a world that is constantly bombarding our hearts and eyes with all kinds of temptations and distractions, how can we ever survive, much less thrive? I find it comforting that the issues I face today are similar to the issues faced by others thousands of years ago. And if the truth from thousands of years ago was powerful then, then there is no doubt that it is still powerful today. How then can we guard our hearts and eyes? We use God's Word as the foundation upon which we take a stand for all that is holy, and pure, and right.
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. - Psalm 119:11
Truth gives strength when we are weak and discouraged.
Life can be hard and we all face seasons of stress, or difficulty, or even a sense of defeat where we just can't take another day. I have had seasons like that before and I am sure that you have too. And when we go through such seasons, we may be tempted to lose hope, or perhaps even come to the conclusion that God has abandoned us.
How can the truth give us strength when we face trying times? We know that as His children, He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7) and He will not leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6). No one is immune from life's hardships, but with Him as our Father, we can take comfort in knowing that there is no hardship that we will ever have to face alone for He will always be with us.
He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. - Isaiah 40:29
Truth enables us to live a life of holiness and godliness.
We live in a world where it feels like it's a constant battle to stand up for what is true, what is holy, and what is godly. In fact, it can be such a battle that some even feel that it would be better to give up and simply “go with the crowd.” But Jesus never tells us to fall in line with the crowd; rather we should fall at the feet of Him who is above all people, and all things. We are faced with the constant chorus of the crowd encouraging us to compromise in ways both big and small, so how can truth enable us to live a life of holiness and godliness? We need to take the call to holiness seriously and not just pick and choose where we want or how we want to be holy.
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. - 2 Peter 1:3
God's Word is truth and it is the friend that will never let you down, and the companion that will never abandon you. Today, how can you develop a deeper and more intimate relationship with truth?