And responding to the truth.
Both of these actions are equally important.
I need to know the truth. And I’m not going to know the truth by listening or reading the national news or reading ‘news’ on line. The idea of objectively reporting the facts has disappeared – there is always an underlying message that the media is supporting. They actually leave out facts that don’t support their message.
I can’t believe pictures anymore – faces are changed, locations are changed and they are used out of context. Again – to support the message. We’ve heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. Now a picture can be worth a thousand lies.
I don’t want to hear and respond to the half-truths and lies of our culture.
One of the reasons I love reading God’s word is I know its the truth. As God speaks to me through his word, I know its right and good.
So I can respond. I can open my heart and let God transform my mind with his truth.
I am encouraged by the story of King Josiah in 2 Kings. Josiah reigned in the middle of a string of very evil kings. When he heard the truth, he turned away from the bad example of the other kings and led his people in a huge spiritual revival. His people got rid of all of their idols and tore down the high places where they worshipped other gods.
A whole nation turned back to God because Josiah heard the truth and responded.
Now it’s our turn to hear the truth and respond.
Thank you for the truth, Abba Father.