1 The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth. 2 Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. 3 For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
3 JOHN 1-4 ESV
In only four verses, John mentioned the word “truth” four times. How important it is for one to know the truth and walk in it! But what is the truth? And Whose truth are you walking in today?
I started to write this devotional week of May 24th, 2022. It is a heartbroken week for many of us in America as we had to suffer another devastating school shooting that took away many innocent and precious lives. Every time these tragedies made the headline of the news, it was heart-wrenching, and I couldn’t help to question with anger – what was in the mind of these crazy criminals? What truth were they believing in and carrying out?
We all have some beliefs and truths we live by. For example, if you believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day, you would make yourself a big feast every morning. If you believe in intermittent fasting, you will work hard to maintain your 168 eating schedule, and breakfast may be a meal you would skip or delay. But truth be told that these “truths” may change through time, as they can be overwritten by another theory or practice that may claim to be “better”. Therefore we need to be careful with the “truths” this world feeds us because the absolute truth should withstand the test of time and remain unchanged.
It also becomes dangerous when one only holds on to their philosophical truth or truth from the Bible that is only partial. It is not considered walking in the truth, and it may lead to the destruction of many things such as relationships with one another.
John said grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:17). Jesus also said He is the way, the truth, and life. (John 14:6). The Bible plainly tells us that the truth cannot be true without Jesus. The truth cannot be real when it deviates from the truth of God. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and so is His truth.
So what truth are you walking in today? I think it’s worthwhile to ask ourselves to test and see if the truth we are living out is in alignment with God’s. Am I believing and carrying out God’s truth? Or are the “truths” I walk in and enforce on others only the theories and philosophies of the world? Or are they merely my biases and personal preferences.
Lord, I have stored up your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.Psalm 119:11
Search me, God, and know my heart test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.Psalm 139:23-24
Lord, teach me so I know your truth. Test me so I can distinguish between the lies from the world and the truth from you. Help me so I can humbly walk in your truth even in the time when the voice of the world may seem louder than Your whispering voice in my heart that is speaking the truth.