June 25, 2021

Unchanging Truth

His truth is a shield and a buckler.
Psalm 91:4 (ASB)
One of the most haunting scenes in the gospels is found at the end of John 18. At his trial, Jesus said, "For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice," to which Pilate replied, "What is truth?" There is much more that might have been said here, but Pilate had already moved on. Truth is subjective, he seemed to be saying, so there's no point in giving it another thought.

I suppose from a human point of view, truth is subjective. With our imperfections and limitations, we are never able to see the complete picture of anything. And so as we learn more and look more deeply (or from a different angle), our truth changes. Yet behind our changing truth, lies God's unchanging truth. It's sort of like the law of gravity: It remains the same, but our experience of it would be very different if we were on the moon. 

We can be like Pilate, refusing to take responsibility, and wash our hands of all that confuses us. Or trust in God and make courageous decisions. Pilate thought he was freeing himself from an inconvenience. But the disciple of Christ knows that true freedom is found not in finding the loopholes, but in being faithful.

Jesus said, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
 John 8:31-32
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
From the cowardice that shrinks from new truths, 
from the laziness that is content with half-truth, 
from the arrogance that thinks it knows all truth, 
O God of truth, deliver us.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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