Advent Devotional – Wednesday, December 14, 2016 – What Is Truth?
8The Lord has sent a message against Jacob; it will fall on Israel. 9All the people will know it – Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria- who say with pride and arrogance of heart, 10 “The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with dressed stone; the fig trees have been felled, but we will replace them with cedars.” 11 But the Lord has strengthened Rezin’s foes against them and has spurred their enemies on. 12 Arameans from the east and Philistines from the west have devoured Israel with open mouth. Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.
13 But the people have not returned to him who struck them, nor have they sought the Lord Almighty. 14 So the Lord will cut off from Israel both head and tail, both palm branch and reed in a single day; 15the elders and dignitaries are the head, the prophets who teach lies are the tail. 16Those who guide this people mislead them, and those who are guided are lead astray. 17Therefore the Lord will take no pleasure in the young men, nor will he pity the fatherless and widows, for everyone is ungodly and wicked, every mouth speaks folly.
Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, is hand is still upraised. – Isaiah 9:8-17
In this information society you can find just about anything and everything at the touch of a few strokes. The internet is a wonderful resource of information. It can be used for research, give you directions to your next vacation spot, tell you how to have a better marriage, provide ―social interactions/dating, or be used to self-diagnose a condition, which doctors just love. With so much information, our society seems to be less informed about the truth. I‘m talking about the Absolute Truth of Jesus and his message of hope for all people.
In the above-referenced passage of Isaiah, God is angered at the wickedness he sees in Israel. His hand is upraised waiting for the time of punishment. These people are said to be guided by those who mislead them and are therefore led astray. In the referenced passage of 2 Peter it talks of false prophets and false teachers who secretly introduce destructive heresies (beliefs that are contrary to Christian doctrine) and even deny the Lord. Many people will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. Now you‘ve heard of the phrase, ―Ignorance is Bliss. If you read the full passages of Isaiah and 2 Peter as referenced above, you will find that God holds all responsible who sin against him. He will not have pity on your ignorance!
What this means for you is that you must know the truth for yourself. As I write this, I beg you to seek out the truth in this message….look up the passages and determine if what I am saying holds true against the inspired, God-breathed, word of God. And I beg you to do this for everything you hear or search for. The most important truth I want you to know is that God loved you so much that he sent his one and only son, that if you would believe in Him, you would not suffer the wrath of God but would have everlasting life, with the one who gives life. (John 3:16 paraphrased). You deserve to know the truth for yourself. You are responsible for knowing the truth. It is then your decision to believe it.
Suggested Actions: Pray that God would open your mind and heart that you will understand and know the truth hidden in the passages. Read the above-referenced passages. Say this Final Prayer: If you‘ve not made the decision to believe the truth, now is the perfect time. If you are willing to accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior, say this simple prayer:
Jesus, I want to know the truth and I want to know you. I want you to come into my life. I believe who you say you are and I thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive me for all of the sins that I have committed against you. Thank you for the gift of salvation and eternal life. I give my life to you. Amen
Don‘t stop here! Tell someone about the decision you‘ve just made. Then, continue to seek the truth daily through scripture reading and attending Church and Sunday School.