March 26, 2021
… Where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.
After last Sunday’s sermon on half-truths, I’ve been trying to recognize them in my daily life. And it did not take long to arrive at a disturbing conclusion: Our world is absolutely jam-packed with half-truths!
No wonder our world is so broken. We live in the most communication-drenched culture ever to exist in history, and much of what is proclaimed contains half-truths. Politicians. Media. Everyone! Just a few examples:
“You can be anything you want to be!” (True, you can theoretically pursue any career you want, but without some athleticism you won’t play in the NBA, no matter how much you want to.)
“Age is just a label.” (Sure, you can act or appear young for a long time these days, but… and apologies for sounding a bit dark here… a good attitude and plastic surgery aren’t going to keep you alive on your deathbed.)
“We just need to believe!” (Yes, we all need to believe in something bigger than ourselves… but exactly who or what are we believing in?)
What is it about half-truths that we love so much? I think a big reason is half-truths are like systems to live by. If we love a particular half-truth or system, and we strictly adhere to it, we think it will help us live a better life. And often that seems to work for a while! After all, it is half-true. But in the end, at some point, we all discover we are created for a relationship with God, and not a system of truths. And it’s in walking with God through life that half-truths and full truths are made more fully known to us. It’s in knowing God that we see the big picture more clearly. It’s in relationship with God that we understand who He is, who we are, and what He’s created each of us to be. Half-truths feel like answers to life, but the only fully true and complete answer to life is God Himself.
Here’s a good question for each of us to consider: Do I want to walk with God more closely in my life these days? Or am I more comfortable keeping Him at arm’s length?