Let truth be your calm in the midst of the storms
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
— John 8:32.
“I swear by Almighty God that the evidence I will give is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God.” Holding the Holy Bible or by affirmation, these words from a judicial clerk are repeated by persons who are witnesses in a case before the courts.
But how many times during cross-examination is it abundantly clear that the truth sworn was not the truth. Sometimes many question the veracity of truth. It is almost like determining what is the worst of the worst crime for murder. Mind you, the person has been brutally and savagely robbed of their life, but the mystery is what is the worst? Truth they say is they would lie for you if they like you, and lie on you if they hate you.
There are times when I write, that I have to be inspired spiritually. With this column, I went to bed not receiving the word for this week, but upon awakening after three in the morning the words pounded in my ear — “ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” I think the biggest problem we have as a people here in our land, is we are careless with truth. Jesus in our text today is telling us that the truth will not set you, but make, you free. Truth is a powerful weapon and we must begin to use it, no matter what the circumstances will be. For whom the Father makes free is free indeed. It is a sad situation to be saying yes, when you know deep down within the answer is yes. Wow!
Jesus told his hearers, many who call on his name, ask through prayers, preach the word and speak in tongues, but deep down in their innermost being, they are not practicing truth. Many go so far as to testify in long paragraphs of what the Lord is doing for them and saved them from, but deep down they know — that’s a lie.
The time has come, and now is when the true worshippers must worship the Father in spirit and in truth. No wonder David asked God to create a new heart within him, so that he may speak truth.
Driving down main street in Munroe, Tallahassee, I saw a man with a sign: I’m hungry and homeless; but as soon as he saw the police, he folded the sign. Going to another section called “over the hill” I saw a man at the intersection where two roads met — he too had a sign that read: “Why lie? I’d love a cold beer” — I blew to him and gave him a dollar. He wasn’t hungry nor homeless, he just wanted a Budweiser or Colt 45, maybe. Recently I was introduced to a woman by a friend who called me along life’s road. He asked the lady if she read any of my columns and she honestly said no, that she only buys another paper on Thursday to see who died and what the specials are. Sad to say, in many cases that is what Thursday is best known for.
Recently four men voted against a Government sponsored Bill to increase taxes, and people have been engaged in pros and cons conversation in regards to this. Someone said that the worst death of all is for all the hopes, aspirations, and conviction of a person to die. I would think that to say yes when the inside cries no is a heavy burden to bear. Indeed, the yield and reward of conviction is stronger than convenience.
Media personality Christiane Amanpour said that she would rather be truthful than neutral. During the early years of Christianity, many and even up today, are killed because they speak truth of their religious beliefs. The time is now when those who rule over the land must rouse the best of minds to write into law what is best for the people of the land. Laws come and go, but only the word God is unchanged. Change will and must come in our land and indeed in the world. Revelation says that change will come in the twinkling of an eye and so goes our lives and so goes world history and dynasties, kingdoms and empires. We cannot continue to be Yankee Doodles and stick feathers in our national caps and call it macaroni.
It is my constant prayer, especially today when time dictates: The old year’s long campaign is o’er; behold a new begun; Not yet is closed the holy war, not yet the triumph won. Out of its still and deep repose we hear the old year say, “Go forth again to meet your foes, ye children of the day.” Let truth be your constant companion and your calm in the midst of the storms of life.