What is truth?
Isn’t this the question of our day.
I suppose it’s been the question since the beginning of time.
I imagine the moment when Jesus goes before the Roman governor telling him the reason he was born and came into the world was to “testify to the truth” (John 18:37). Pilate responds with a puff of arrogance and disillusionment. “What is truth?” he retorts.
I get it. It’s frustrating and confusing to be told so many mixed messages. To have truth defined and redefined, subjective to the point where we doubt that there is even such a thing as Truth.
If I think long and hard about it, I wonder if the questioning of truth is actually more about trust than it is truth (do I trust someone else to tell me what is true or do I get to be the one in charge and decide what is true on my own?)
Defining, demonstrating and declaring truth is what Jesus came to do. It’s who he is; the very nature of his being is Truth.
But it’s super hard to adopt his truth – to believe that it is truly TRUE and let it inform how we think and live – if we don’t first trust him. Is he good? Is he for us? Are his ways really worth following?
This trust might happen in an instant … but more likely, it is what develops incrementally through daily choices, through community, and Truth-filled reminders.
We are a people who are prone to wander.
And he remains.
Let us fix our eyes on him. Let us fill our minds and hearts with the things that cause us to trust in him. And as we do, “may the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace” so that we will “overflow with hope” (Romans 15:13) to a questioning world that always has and always will be longing for Truth.
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