Then we will no longer be ... blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up. Ephesians 4:14-15
“So, what do you know?” That’s a pretty broad question. Let me get more specific. Did you know that if you drop a penny off the Empire State Building, by the time it hits the ground it is going fast enough and has enough force to lodge itself into the concrete? Did you know that if you swim within an hour after eating, you will get cramps and cramping greatly increases your chance of drowning? Did you know the Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure that can be seen with the naked eye from the moon? Did you know that after a person dies, his hair and nails continue growing for up to six months?
I love knowing things like that. There’s only one thing wrong with knowing the things I just listed—they’re wrong. That’s right; they’re wrong. They’re false, flawed, fictional, fabricated. Once upon a time, somewhere during the course of my life, I and many others, knew these to be completely true. But they’re not. They’re wrong. It was pretty depressing to find out that these things I knew as true, aren’t true.
Of course those questions and answers are pretty inconsequential. But there are other questions that are all-important, and too many people don’t have the answers. Look around—what do you see? I see souls searching, sinners seeking. I see skepticism, suspicion, cynicism, doubt, distrust, and disbelief. I see it reflected in the angry music of the young; I hear it in the hard, harsh jokes of comedians. Too many of us feel there is no such thing as truth; we think there are no right answers. We don’t know what to believe, who to believe, or if we should believe anything at all. These are times when we’re adrift, being blown by the winds of false facts and tentative truths.
If that is an adequate description of your worldview, then you need to hear Jesus. Shortly before He showed Himself to be Master over death, He said to one of His mourning friends, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Did you hear that? He is Truth. Not a truth, not one of many truths. Do you have questions? Jesus is the answer. The Savior has come so you might have the answer for this world’s living, and the next as well.
Excerpt from The Lutheran Hour sermon preached on August 17, 2003
The Prayer: Dear Lord, I seek the truth today. Reveal to me truth in my life, career, family, and most of all, my relationship with You. Bestow upon me Your grace to adjust each area, so that it aligns with Your ways and where You have chosen for me to go. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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