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Ephesians 5:15-17 says, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
Truth has correctly been identified as the most valuable thing that we have. It transcends our culture, our comforts, and our circumstances because truth was established by God. As a result, truth is powerful, and it always prevails. And yet, it has been under attack since the beginning of time. It was by distorting the truth that Satan convinced Eve to rebel against the Word of God – a decision that did have and still does have a devastating impact on the nature of man. The Scriptures make it clear what those impacts are:
1) Because of sin, our heart, our feelings, became deceitful and untrustworthy.
Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked…”
2) Because of sin, our flesh became weak and drawn towards wickedness.
Matthew 26:41 says, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
3) Because of sin, our thoughts became limited, twisted, and highly unreliable.
Mark 7:21 says, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts…”
Jesus made it clear when He said, “…ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32), that truth is what we need. However, as we look around today, it appears that truth has fallen on hard times. Don’t believe me? I would venture to guess that half of what you hear on radio and what you see on your Television screen or on your social media feed, is either fake or wrong. And yet, we soak it up and we continue to return to it for more and more.
Isaiah 59:14-15 prophesied it when it says, “…judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.”
The problem is not with truth; the problem is in our failure to pursue truth and to apply truth to our life.
Today, we’re focusing on verse 17 where the Bible says, “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding…” We have two opposites highlighted here. The word unwise means “to willingly be mindless, ignorant, or stupid.” The word understanding means “to put together, to comprehend, or to consider. The verse is simply saying that there is a right way and a wrong way to go through this life and we have been given the responsibility to make the right choices while using the right resource – our Bible.
As you journey through this life, you’re going to be presented with a ton of options and many opportunities and you need to know that not all of them are going to be good, healthy, or wholesome.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 says, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
Galatians 5:7 says, “Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?”
As Daniel Moynihan once said, “Everyone is entitled to his opinion, but not his own facts.”
Proverbs 16:25 says, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
Just because a solution may solve a present problem does not necessarily mean that it is the best choice to be made.
Proverbs 20:17 says, “Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel. Every purpose is established by counsel…”
While all of life is impacted by truth, the Christian’s life is to be established on it. In yesterday’s devotion, we highlighted the words of the Apostle Paul found in 2 Timothy 3:1 which says, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” The word perilous means “difficult, dangerous, and fierce,” but it carries with it the idea of one’s strength being reduced. We’re living in a time that demands both our attention and our action, but if we don’t get back to the Bible, back to the basics, then we are going to fail in our responsibility to be light in this present world.
Titus 2:11-12 says, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.”
The world around us needs to see that through whatever circumstances we face, we continue to find confidence, courage, and clear direction through the precious truths of God’s Word.
In conclusion, I want to leave you with the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer who wrote, ““Only those who follow Jesus and cleave to him are living in complete truthfulness. Such men have nothing to hide from their Lord… Complete truthfulness is only possible where sin bas been uncovered, and forgiven by Jesus… The cross is God’s truth about us, and therefore it is the only power which can make us truthful. When we know the cross, we are no longer afraid of the truth.”
Let me encourage you today to take advantage of the time that you have been given to read the Bible. But do more than read it, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
Until next time, good day and God bless.