In a time when society is trying to twist, turn, and stretch the meaning of the word fact, when I think of truth, the word “distortion” comes to mind. It’s also a time when I’m seeing the truth of God get distorted and misrepresented, but this isn’t new. This is a tale as old as time. I’m currently more than halfway through reading the Bible in a year (wahoo!), and I see that this is a constant problem for humanity.
In Isaiah 5:20 it says, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
Sound familiar? A dialogue that says…the truth is not the truth. You don’t really know that. Evil isn’t really evil. This dark thing is really a good thing.
It can feel really confusing and also very lonely when the cultural wave is rushing in a certain direction. In these times, I find it more important than ever to rely upon the Word of God as the TRUTH, and keep my eyes on Jesus who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” John 14:6
I’ve been feeling the desire for a few years to do a complete read through of the Bible again. It has felt really important to me to put my eyes on the actual words. It’s too easy to recall the Scriptures through the lens of whoever taught it to us last, whether that’s a current pastor or a lesson from Sunday school during childhood.
The thing about the truth is that it’s bound to make you uncomfortable. It’s not subject to our whims and opinions. So yes…it’s been both good, but also incredibly painful to read through the actual words of Scripture. Conviction doesn’t always feel good, but if we are responsive to it, we find freedom. Some of this truth I do not understand, but I cling to it as the unwavering, unchanging truth that comes from God. Because we serve a God whose character can be depended on.
Do you know what else can be depended on? God’s heart for His people. He loves to have mercy on us. That is a truth I’m seeing through the Old Testament which I’ve been reading these last 7 months. He loves to save His people and to have them dwell with Him. Our God can be trusted.
If like me, you are longing for truth in a world that feels filled with lies. Stand strong, search the scriptures, and ask Jesus to:
“Lead me in Your truth and teach me,Psalm 25:5
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.”
Sarah Clews loves being the wife of Carson and mother to three little girls. She received her degree in English from Corban University and still loves the craft of writing. She also helps her husband run a martial arts school. In her free time, Sarah enjoys talking with grown-ups (!), finding new authors, doing online research, and reading her favorite childhood stories to her girls.