THE BURDEN of TRUTH
JUNE 15, 2014
The Glory Road Blog, A Kingdom Highway
“and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free”
Most of us were taught growing up that we should, we must, we ought to tell the truth, or else. The
We can learn what we should do to behave with integrity, but that doesn’t mean we can do it on our own. It gets worse when we add to it the compulsion that some of us have had to be sure we tell others the truth so that they can be on the right road with us. A possible result of that could be that we both end up in the ditch.
Some folks take Jesus’ comment as a mandate to ram their concept of truth down the throats of all they meet. That never plays well nor makes friends of people who disagree with us.
Do you judge people by their grasp of theology as you see it? Do you feel the urge to denigrate others who differ from your political world view? Do you feel your blood pressure rising or at least your irritation level when you hear viewpoints that you consider poppycock? Been there, done that.
In his Meditation entitled, “Riverbed of Mercy,”
“There is something in you that is not touched by coming and going, by up and down, by for or against, by the raucous team of totally right or totally wrong. There is a part of you that is patient with both goodness and evil, exactly as God is. There is a part of you that does not rush to judgment or demand closure now. Rather, it stands vigilant and patient in the tragic gap that almost every moment offers.”
How I long to live in that blissful place of leaving all judgment to God, rather than just visiting it now and then. I’m sure you long for that as well. It’s what Jesus came to offer the weary souls who had been slaving under the rigors of Law, exhausting themselves to the point of giving up.
We’ve had many days of storms this month and the other night when the thunder was rumbling and the lightning flashed, I asked the Lord to make me as trusting in His care of me as Jesus was when He fell asleep during a horrific storm on the Sea of Galilee. I’ve gotten past thinking,
It has become crystal clear in my own life and in yours when you share your troubles with me, that God sends the storms, be they natural, or spiritual in order to show us His on-going, constant care of us, which never stops, and which is never inadequate to the threat at hand. His love is the constant truth that holds the Universe together and also, thankfully, our lives.
I’m still plodding through the Old Testament and one point continues to jump out at me: when the going got rough, the people cried out to God for deliverance. In spite of their faithlessness in serving Him, their whoring after false gods, and their disrespect toward His Presence, the Lord always sent someone to deliver them from the grasp of their enemies, except, of course, when He’d had totally enough and sent them off to Babylon.
God is ultimate Truth, but He speaks from eternity and we live in time, which means that He measures to us what we can bear at that moment. We tell our little
The Law was a
As a child, I was terrified of God because I read the horrific punishments He handed out to the hapless children of Israel. In my naiveté and innocence, I thought the sons of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob must be really stupid to continue to disobey, in light of the threatened consequences. How could they think they could hide their sins from the all seeing eyes of God? Now, I realize that they weren’t stupid, merely stuck with the impossible task of pleasing God without the indwelling Spirit.
“What is truth?”
I grew up hearing what we should be, how we should act, and that all our mistakes would be held against us at the Judgment Day. That’s not a recipe for a peaceful life. Yet, God knew my heart; He knows your heart, and the incarnation means that He came to live His life in us and through us. He came to give us the abundant life, but how much posturing and posing goes into trying to convince ourselves that we have it, until by the Spirit, we finally understand we do have it, no matter what it looks like?
I’m in recovery from being a
God said to Israel,
He is still moving in us and through us for the sake of His holy name, which we bear, and His promise to them is also His promise to us:
Father, we thank You for carrying our burden for us, and for delivering us from ourselves. By Your grace, we rest in You, knowing that You do all things well. You are our daily bread. We give you honor and glory and blessings, world without end. The