20th March 17:16
DN Searching for Truth 10/10/2006 (order authority law life time)
Searching for Truth
"Thy law is truth. ... And all Thy commandments are truth. ...
The sum of Thy word is truth" (Ps. 119: 142, 151, 160).
Scripture is the source of divine truth.
It amazes me how people can spend so much time searching for truth
but ignore the Bible. In his poem Miriam, John Greenleaf Whittier
reflected on the same conundrum:
We search the world for truth. We cull
The good, the pure, the beautiful,
And, weary seekers of the best,
We come back laden from the quest,
To find that all the sages said
Is in the Book our mothers read.
God never intended for truth to be mysterious or unattainable. His
Word is a repository of truth, containing every principle we need for
life and thought.
But knowing truth begins with knowing God, who is its author. First
John 5:20 says, "We know that the Son of God has come, and has given
us understanding, in order that we might know Him who is true, and we
are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God
and eternal life."
The psalmist proclaimed, "The works of His hands are truth and
justice; all His precepts are sure. They are upheld forever and ever;
they are performed in truth and uprightness" (Ps. 111:7-8).
As Christians, we are those who walk in truth. That's how Jesus
described us when He prayed to the Father, "Sanctify them in the
truth; Thy word is truth" (John 17:17). Similarly John said, "I have
no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the
truth" (3 John 4). In contrast, unbelievers "suppress the truth in
unrighteousness," thus making themselves targets for the wrath of God
To love God is to love truth; to love truth is to love the Word. May
you walk in the truth of God's Word today and every day.
Suggestions for Prayer:
Thank God for the privilege of knowing Him and being able to walk in
For Further Study:
How does Jesus describe the Holy Spirit in John 14:17, 15:26, and
Drawing Near, Copyright 1993 John F. MacArthur, Jr.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.
17 "the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it
neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with
you and will be in you.
26 "But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the
Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will
testify of Me.
13 "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide
you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but
whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
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