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March 25, 2020

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This is part 4 of the Redeeming The Time series. Click here to access part 1 and Click Here to access part 2. Click Here to access part 3. Click Here to view the Facebook Live video of this thought.


Wisdom has correctly been identified as the ability to live life according to truth. Throughout the Scriptures, we find that we have the responsibility to allow truth to dominate our thoughts, to direct our feelings, and to dictate our actions. And yet, since the beginning of time, truth has always and will always suffer attack. The Devil is hard at work in every generation seeking to undermine truth and to sow seeds of confusion. And, I must admit, he’s done it very effectively.

A simple glimpse around at our society will reveal that we live in a day where how someone feels has become much more important and more influential in their life and in their decisions than what is actually true. Because truth is considered to be irrelevant and inconvenient, people today spend a tremendous amount of their time and energy attempting to find ways to avoid truth, to get around truth, or to alter truth entirely in order to fit their own personal agenda.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 says, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

Today, we’re focusing on verse 15 as a whole where the Bible says, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.” Someone has correctly stated that “…the structures of society can only hold together properly if the truth remains stable.” How true! If we’re going to resolve to do right, then there must be an established, unchanging, and absolute standard that must be allowed to control our entire life. And there is. It’s called the Word of God – the Bible. It was Jesus, in John 17:17, Who prayed this prayer, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” Because it was established by God, truth transcends our culture, our comforts, and our circumstances. You may not like it, but truth is truth regardless of what you think, regardless of how you feel, and regardless how you identify.

The simple reality is that truth hurts. Why? Because it exposes who we really are. And, as someone has correctly stated, “Because the pain of knowing who we are is so great, we spend a lifetime running from ourselves. We have become experts at dodging, avoiding, hiding, pretending, covering, running, protecting, eluding, escaping, averting, evading the real us.” And yet, the Scriptures make it very clear that until we allow our lives to be confronted with and our hearts to be established on truth then we’ll never experience the full joy, peace, and satisfaction that God created us to enjoy and that can only be found in a close relationship with Him. The truth of God was given to transform our lives into something that is beautiful, but that involves change and change is often viewed as being very difficult.

When it comes to how we use the time that we have been given, the Bible simply places us into one of two categories: we either choose to use our time wisely, or we choose to use our time foolishly. There is no middle ground. It’s important for us to understand that as we walk with the Lord and begin to allow our life to be controlled by truth, then our perspective will be changed, our pride will be challenged, and our passions will be contested. Wisdom is when we allow God’s Word to accomplish its work in us conforming us into the image of Jesus. At first it may seem frightening, but Jesus assures us that it is quite the opposite.

In John 8:32, Jesus said, “…ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

In conclusion, I want to leave you with the words of a certain well-known Christian author who wrote, “As you go through life, don’t let your feelings – real as they are – invalidate your need to let the truth of God’s Words guide your thinking. Remember that the path to your heart travels through your mind. Truth matters.”

Today, I simply want to remind you that as a child of God the guide of your life must not be your feelings; but, rather your faith in and obedience to the Word of God. Realize the importance of truth, Bible truth, and then evaluate every area of your life by it. When its truths are allowed to permeate your heart and your mind, then you will gain a better perspective, a wonderful peace, and the strength that you need to go forward and to do what is right. 

Until next time, good day and God bless.